A band of Muslims launched a grenade attack against a crowd of 150 Christians attending an open-air meeting near the Kenyan town of Mtwapa, killing two and wounding more than 30, authorities report.
Human-rights groups say that the Muslim attackers were hyped into action by a militant Muslim preacher holding an alternate rally only 900 feet from the Christian gathering.
Further reports say that the Muslim preachers were slandering Christianity and that members of the Christian group could hear the Muslim speakers.
International Christian Concern says the grenade assault on the Christians happened at the same time as a bomb attack at a bar in the nearby city of Mombasa.
ICC’s Africa Regional Manager Jonathan Racho said the human rights group is concerned about the increase in anti-Christian violence in Kenya.
“We are deeply concerned about the bomb attack targeting innocent Christians. We urge Kenya to protect its citizens from the growing attacks of the radical Islamists,” Racho said.
Racho noted that Kenya’s increase in anti-Christian violence comes as Nigeria’s Boko Haram has declared war on Christians and as Sudan appears to be facing a new civil war.
“Islamic radicals are carrying out attacks against Christians in Africa. The situation is getting worse in places like Nigeria and Kenya. Security forces must step up their efforts to stem the violence by the radicals,” Racho said.
WND reported in December that a Christian man in Kenya was beaten by a Somali mob that crossed the border for the attack.
International Christian Concern’s Aidan Clay met with the victim of the attack.
“When I saw him a month after the incident, he was still badly bruised, could hardly see out of his right eye which was black, and was missing teeth,” Clay said.
Clay said the attacks are becoming more frequent and more intense.
“Recently, there has been a slight surge of violence targeting Christians inside Kenya, provoked mainly by Somali Muslims, some of whom are likely from the militant group al-Shabaab,” Clay said.
A Pentecostal church in the eastern Kenyan town of Garissa was the target of another Muslim grenade attack in November. A group of Muslim men hurled a grenade into the church compound, killing two church members and injuring scores of others.
WND reported in 2008 a fire bombing that injured more than 50 in Eldoret, Kenya. At that time, the attack was identified as part of violence that followed incumbent Mwai Kbaki’s defeat of President Obama’s Muslim Kenyan friend, Raila Odinga, in Kenya’s presidential election.
WND reported Obama traveled to Kenya to campaign for Odinga.
Obama appeared with Odinga at campaign stops and gave speeches accusing the sitting Kenyan president of being corrupt and oppressive. But Odinga lost, despite attracting Muslim votes through a secret Memorandum of Understanding with Muslim Sheik Abdullah Abdi, the chief of the National Muslim Leaders Forum of Kenya.
In the memo, Odinga promised to rewrite the Kenyan constitution to install Shariah as law in “Muslim declared regions,” elevate Islam as “the only true religion” and give Islamic leaders “oversight” over other religions, establish Shariah courts and ban Christian proselytism
After his loss, Odinga accused Kbaki of rigging the vote and allegedly incited his supporters to riot. Over the next month, some 1,500 Kenyans were killed and more than 500,000 displaced – with most of the violence led by Muslims, who set churches ablaze and hacked Christians to death with machetes.