Suspected Al-Shabaab militants killed 36 quarry workers in a village 10 miles from the town of Mandera in northeastern Kenya on the Somalian border on Tuesday. According to reports, the attackers separated the Muslims from among the workers and then killed the Christians.
A man who visited the scene of the attack told the BBC some of the victims appear to have been lined up and shot in the head at close range. An Open Doors contact in the region says an unknown number of workers also have been abducted.
The atmosphere in the area remains extremely tense. “There has been lots of gunfire near the Kenya-Somalian border so we cannot venture out just yet…please pray for us,” said a Christian in the area. “We are fervently praying that some of the workers fled into the surrounding bushes and will make their way back to Mandera. The stone quarries had about 200 workers. These are people we know and it is very painful. May God help the survivors get back to us.”
The quarry attack follows an incident on Monday when attackers hurled grenades into a social club frequented by government officials in Wajir, a town not far from Mandera. Al-Shabaab also attacked a bus in the Mandera area last week in which 28 non-Muslims were separated from other passengers and killed.
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