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Kenya: Two Christian teachers killed by suspected Al-Shabaab attackers

  • October 16, 2018
The residence nearby Arabia Boys Secondary propagandize where a dual non-local teachers died after an conflict by suspected Al-Shabaab militants final week. (Photo: Facebook)
The residence nearby Arabia Boys Secondary school, Kenya where two Christian teachers died after an conflict by suspected Al-Shabaab militants final week. It’s 1km from Somali border.(Photo: Facebook)

By Fredrick Nzwili

Two Christian propagandize teachers were killed in an conflict by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Kenya’s Mandera County, nearby a Somali border, final week.

Philip Okumu, 26, and Daniel Wekesa 39, died on Wednesday (10 October) after assailants raided a residence for non-local teachers in Arabia Boys Secondary, about one kilometre from a Kenya-Somali border.

According to Olaka Kutswa, a Mandera County Commissioner, over 20 assailants stormed a propagandize around 1 am, outnumbering a 4 Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) on guard. They threw an bomb device into one of a bedrooms of a residence where a school’s 4 non-local teachers stayed, environment it on fire, he pronounced in a statement.

Both Okumu and Wekesa were shot when they attempted to shun a fire.

Police pronounced yesterday (15 October) that a conflict had been designed by Hassan Hodey, a Somali inhabitant from a Damasa area, and pronounced Al-Shabaab seemed to be scheming serve attacks in a Kenya – Somalia limit region.

The school’s other dual non-local teachers, Elijah Nderitu and Kelvin Lomusi, survived a attack.

“All a other teachers, students, and workers are safe, and a County Security Committee has hold several meetings with a County Education Board to arrange for required psychological support and counselling services for them,” pronounced Kutswa.

Survivor Lomusi told Kenya’s The Citizen TV that a enemy had forced open a doorway to his room before one of them entered to check if there were any survivors. He afterwards fled when a mattress held fire.

“I was stealing between a bed and a wall,” pronounced Lomusi, who postulated some browns on his face after a mattress held fire. “Going out was not a elementary step to take, given we feared they might still be around.”

“After witnessing a conflict and a murdering of my colleagues, we can no-longer continue operative there anymore,” Elijah Nderitu, a other survivor, told a TV station.

Transfer of all non-local teachers

The teachers, creatively from western Kenya, were sincerely new in a area. Okumu had worked in a propagandize given 2016, while Wekesa had assimilated a establishment in 2017. Both organisation were Christians, Fr. Nicholas Mutua, a Catholic priest, told World Watch Monitor.

The conflict comes as fear is flourishing that Al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based easterly African associate of Al-Qaeda, is targeting education, and a proponents, in a primarily Muslim region.

Following an conflict by a organisation on Garissa University College in Apr 2015, in that gunmen killed 149 students, Kenya’s boss Uhuru Kenyatta suggested a attacks were an try by a militants to emanate a caliphate in Somalia and north-eastern Kenya. Observers contend that ‘eliminating’ non-locals from a Muslim-majority segment would fit that strategy.

In February, a supervision systematic a send of all non-local teachers from regions nearby a limit with Somalia after dual other non-Muslim teachers and a fiancée of one of them were killed in beside Wajir County.

Following those killings a Teacher Service Commission (TSC) eliminated 108 teachers (both Primary and Secondary) divided from a flighty limit areas. An estimated 18, however, chose to sojourn in a region.

Although a transfers were criticized by internal domestic leaders, a Jun 2018 news by a TSC showed that non-local teachers were frequently tormented on basement of their religion, race, culture, dress and language. Female teachers were being forced to wear deras (a vast dress) and a hijab (veil), and both masculine and womanlike teachers were frequently pounded by students.

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