Kenya (ICC/ODM) — In the wake of the 23 March deadly attack on a church in Mombasa, Kenya’s Deputy President has vowed justice.
According to a report from International Christian Concern, the government is prioritizing the arrest of those behind the church attack, confirming that two suspects had been killed.
Open Doors sources say the assault came a few days after Kenyan authorities foiled a major terrorist plot after seizing two men driving an explosives-laden car through the coastal city.
Kenya has remained on high alert since militants attacked Nairobi’s Westgate Mall last year, killing 67 people. The attack was claimed by Somalia’s Al-Shabaab militant group as a reprisal for Kenyan military involvement in Somalia.
“We are saddened, but not surprised, as we have been hearing Muslim preachers promise over their loudspeakers that they will revenge the Masjid Musa incident [Feb. 2 in Mombasa] when security agents stormed the mosque and arrested approximately 200 people,” reported an Open Doors contact who remains anonymous for security reasons.
This contact went on to say, “We are resolute and will not be intimidated. This is the message we are sending to those that are against the gospel being preached in this area.
“We will not leave the area because we know that Satan only arises against the Church like this when it is making an impact. This is confirmation that we are doing something right for the Kingdom of God. This is the reassurance we are trying to pass on to our congregants, also.”
Open Doors is on the ground helping support spiritual, emotional, and relief efforts for the affected Christian community.
Kenya is ranked No. 43 on the Open Doors 2014 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians.