Six dead in Mombasa, Kenya Church attack

Posted: March 26, 2014 in Articles

Yesterday, March 23, at approximately 10:00 am, a hooded gunman stormed into the Joy in Jesus Church Sunday service and indiscriminately fired at worshippers. Screams of pain and terror filled the air. In terror, some fell to the ground. Some tried to flee only to meet with gunfire from two other attackers stationed outside the church. Chaos reigned as children, men and women fell and were trampled upon, while others were shot and immobilized. Two died on the spot. The attackers then calmly walked away, disappearing into the surrounding slums. Police later found a box containing 36 rounds of ammunition that was left behind.

“They forced their way through the rear door, shot the watchman who staggered into the church before falling down. One attacker shouted ‘Allah akbar!’ and started shooting in every direction,” one survivor told media.

At the same time, two other attacks were attempted at nearby churches but were repulsed by armed police men who were on guard duty.

This morning, March24, the death toll has risen to six while 18, including 12 women and 4 children are receiving treatment in hospital. Of those admitted, 2 are in ICU. Many have gunshot wounds while others are nursing soft tissue injuries caused in the panicked attempts to escape. Those injured include 12 month old Santrine who has a bullet lodged in his head that doctors were yet to remove by last night.

“We are saddened but not surprised as we have been hearing the preachers of another religion promise over their loudspeakers that they will revenge the Masjid Musa incident where security agents stormed their religious compound and arrested over 200 people,”  reported an OD contact who remains anonymous for security reasons.

“Actually, they had targeted three churches but fortunately were unsuccessful after being repulsed at the other two. We are resolute and will not be cowered. 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 Christ! This is the reassurance we are trying to pass on to our congregants also.”

“Please pray with us as we now move to make funeral plans and other plans. Our brethren need God’s comfort, healing and strength.”

OD is on the ground supporting spiritual and emotional and relief efforts to the affected.

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