Tensions in Kenya continue to rise

By November 23, 2012

Kenya (MNN) — Tensions in Kenya continue to rise. On November 20, three soldiers were killed in Garissa in north eastern Kenya.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reported that the soldiers, who were in plain clothes, were fixing a flat tire when they were shot.

Their deaths came just a day after seven people were killed and 33 injured in an explosion. The explosion happened near St Teresa Church in the Somali-dominated Nairobi suburb of Eastleigh. The injured were taken to Kenyatta National Hospital where 28 people are reportedly in a critical condition.

Eyewitnesses to the Eastleigh bombing said they watched a man jump from the minibus just moments before the explosion. He attempted to enter a car, but he fell and was apprehended by a crowd.

Nairobi provincial police officer Moses Ombati said, "We are not sure whether he is the person behind the attacks, or whether it is a case of mistaken identity, but we are seriously investigating the incident."

These two incidents are the latest in a series of grenade and gun attacks targeting churches, police, and other public areas. Two weeks ago, a grenade was thrown into a Garissa Church, killing the pastor and injuring 13 people. Another grenade was thrown in Eastleigh on September 30, where one child and three others died.

Sunday's attack on Eastleigh caused more attacks against members of the Somali community and their homes and businesses, which lead to the deployment of the General Service Unity, a paramilitary wing of the Kenya Police. However, ethno-religious fighting between youths is continuing.

Pray for the families of the deceased. Ask God to protect those in the middle of the attacks.

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