Kenya Christians defiant after shootings

Kenya – Christian leaders have vowed to continue to pray at their places of worship despite the recent slaying of two pastors, one of them in his church as he read his Bible. The two killings, in and near to the port city of Mombasa have been blamed on Islamic extremists, and were possibly carried out in revenge for the killing of Muslim imam Sheikh Ibrahim Omar two weeks ago, also in Mombasa.

“The Mombasa Church Forum categorically states that any attack on Christians will not prevent us from exercising our right to our freedom of worship and religion. To those who have committed these heinous attacks, we say that we are not intimidated and will continue to pray to the Lord in our churches,” Christian leaders said in a joint statement.

Tensions between the faith communities have been heightened since the deadly attacks by members of the al Shabaab group on the Westgate mall in Nairobi.