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Damages from a previous church bombing in Kenya
Photo: Compass Direct News

On July 1, several militants launched simultaneous attacks on two churches in Garissa, Kenya -- a provincial capital about 120 miles west of the Somalia border. Suspicion for the attacks immediately fell upon al-Shabab, a Somalia-based militant group that western governments say has links to al-Qaida. However, at last report authorities have not officially named any suspects.

In the first attack, assailants threw grenades in a church building before entering and shooting. Others were shot by gunmen as they fled the building. At least 17 were killed in the attack, including two police officers who were on guard as a precaution against militant Muslims.

The second attack occurred at a church just two miles away. Three were seriously injured when grenades were thrown into the building. More than 70 others were injured as a result of the two attacks.

Please pray for believers in Kenya who have suffered injury or the loss of loved ones. Pray that they will remain steadfast in the faith (1 Peter 5:8-10). Pray for God's intervention to end al-Shabab and for the spread of the gospel amongst Somali and Kenyan Muslims.