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Several churches in Kenya have been attacked this year.
Photo: Morning Star News

On November 4, a church building in a predominately Muslim area in Garissa, Kenya, was targeted in a grenade attack. The chaplain of the church, Julius Mukonzi, was killed and 11 others were wounded. Six of the 11 were air-lifted to Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi due to the seriousness of their injuries.

The grenade, which was thrown onto the roof, tore through the sheet-metal and landed at the podium where the chaplain was delivering a sermon. "It hit him right in the forehead. He died immediately," a source said to the press. "The force of the explosion was so strong that it uprooted a nearby tree."

Police suspect the Islamic terrorist group al Shabab is responsible, but there has been no word about whether suspects have been identified or arrested. Al Shabab has a large presence in the Somali immigrant community in Garissa. Churches have been targeted by the terrorist group in many attacks since Kenyan troops were sent into Somalia in October 2011 (for more information on these attacks, click here).

Please intercede for the grieving and the injured. Ask the Lord to bring them comfort, strength and healing, and pray that He will help them remain steadfast in the faith (1 Peter 5:8-10). Pray that the Lord will bring a change of heart to members of al Shabab.