A Christian elementary school teacher was murdered by suspected insurgents of Al Shabaab, a radical Muslim terror group in Nairobi, Kenya, on May 31.
A group of insurgents stormed the Fafi Primary School compound in Fafi, where a teacher, identified as Elly Oloo Ojiema, was shot to death after the terrorists took hostages, according to a report by Morning Star News.
One teacher who witnessed the incident spoke on the condition of anonymity, not wanting retribution from the terrorists, saying, “The suspected Al Shabaab militants entered the school compound and right away fired on the teacher who was teaching the pupils.”
A fellow Somali Muslim teacher shielded another colleague, Kenyan Christian Joseph Kamau, telling the terrorists that he would be willing to die with his fellow educator. This angered the terrorist who kidnapped both of them to set an example for anyone else.
The witness said, “The Al Shabaab got angry and told the teacher, ‘We are going to teach you a lesson for protecting the infidels,’ and immediately the two were carried away to an unknown destination.”
During the attack on the school, one of the terrorists allegedly said, “We are sounding a warning to you that we shall not take lightly you who are accommodating these infidels.”
The witness added, “We are living in a very fragile environment where Al Shabaab attacks can happen at any time.”
Ojiema and Kamau were members of the Seventh-day Adventist church. The men had previously escaped from Somalia after enduring persecution from Al Shababb, which has increased their attacks into Kenya, killing as many as 4,000 Christians in 2016. During their attacks, they strategically separate Muslims and Christians.
Africa Center for Strategic Studies names Al Shababb as the deadliest terrorist organization on the continent. The group has ties to the Islamic terror group Al Qaeda.
Aside from systematically killing Christians in Kenya and Somalia, the terrorist group also targets government officials and security forces, placing bombs alongside the road, killing police officers and civilians.
The government is sending the Kenya Defense Forces to try combat the growing attacks by radical jihadists in Garissa County and the surrounding areas. This region seems to be the focal point of most of the terrorist incursions.
Al Shababb has not been deterred. In April 2015, the group led a massacre at Garissa University College, where they murdered 142 teachers and students, most of them Christians and Muslims who defended their colleagues.
Kenya is rated 18 on the Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch List of 50 countries where Christians face persecution.
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