Militants attacked the school around 2 a.m. local time in Kamuthe in Garrisa County near the Somali border, where Al Shabaab militants have notched up attacks in recent weeks.
Though Islamic extremist group al-Shabab has so far not claimed responsibility, the group is suspected to be behind the attack. Local sources tell Open Doors the motive is likely a continuation of efforts to rid the Muslim-dominated area bordering Somalia of its Christian presence. Christians who live or works in countries bordering Somalia are consistenly at risk for intimidation and attacks by al-Shabab.
The region was also attacked in 2015, when 148 people at Garissa University were killed by al-Shabab extremists. A year ago in January 2019, al-Shabab took responsibility for a 19-hour siege of a hotel in Nairobi and the killing of more than 10 people. The Islamic extremist group said it took the action because the U.S. President had declared Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.
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The school has been closed, and all teachers along the border are being transferred immediately, according to a local official.
*Representative photo used for security reasons.