A group of around 30 heavily armed men in military gear, suspected to be al-Shabaab militants, killed three men in Bobo village in northeastern Kenya, near border of Somalia.
According to local sources, the assailants were armed with AK-47 rifles and surrounded homes in the village on September 6. They also called out the names of the non-Muslim men. When the men came forward, the assailants ordered them to show their ID cards and then beheading them. The three victims were all Christians.
Catherine climbed onto the roof when the attackers broke down their door and summoned her husband Gerald Wanjohi out to his brutal slaying. “They were speaking in Somali and broken Swahili,” she testified.
The daughter of another victim, 49-year-old Guchu Ndung’u, was forced to watch her father die. Grace Ndung’u said the attackers told her they were killing her father because the “Kenyan government has refused to withdraw its troops from Somalia.”
Joseph Kimani, a teacher at Bobo Primary School, also died. The killers burned down his house as well.
The attackers seemed to be aware of Muslim homes and avoided them, said locals. According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, one resident informed Kenyan media that the attackers were not afraid of being caught. “They were taking their time. When they spoke, they didn’t do it in hushed tones as someone afraid of being heard would. They spoke in normal tones. They ransacked houses and took what they wanted before killing.”
Locals said that they were angered by police inaction after reporting the presence of suspicious men the day before near Silini-Mashambani village, about 2 miles from Bobo.
Another man was hacked to death as he was cutting timber at Silini-Mashambani at around 6.30 p.m. the same day. A man with him escaped to raise the alarm, but locals said police claimed they could not respond because they had “run out of fuel.”
Angered by the rapidly deteriorating state of security in the area, nearby residents held demonstrations, setting tires on fire along the Hindi road and demanding action from the government.
It is with sad hearts, Father, that we bring before You today these men who were brutally killed because of their faith in Christ. We pray for those left behind, that their hearts would not be hardened in the wake of this violence, that You would grant wisdom and discernment as they respond in ways that honor You. Amid fear and uncertainty, we pray that You will strengthen their faith and trust to face each day with courage, knowing that You are in their midst. Provide for these families who have lost husbands and fathers. And protect them, Father, with Your strong right arm. Equip and motivate the police to quell the violence. In the name of Jesus, our rock and salvation, our fortress in times of trouble. Amen.