International Christian Concern | Oct. 11, 2018
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on the morning of October 10, Somali Islamic militants ambushed a school at 1:00 a.m. in Mandera East and bombed the teachers’ house. As a result, two non-local teachers were killed and three others were severely injured. Non-local teachers living in northeastern Kenya are commonly targeted by Muslim radicals because they are a predominantly Christian group.
The two victims, Johnstone Okumu and Simon Wekesa, taught at Arabia High School which is situated along the porous Kenya-Somalia border, a terrorist hotbed. While speaking with ICC, the senior police commander of Mandera confirmed, “We have lost two teachers to a terrorist attack early this morning at Arabia Boys School. We are already pursuing the attackers in collaboration with our forces in Somalia in case they have crossed the border.”
Several teachers have expressed their concern about the continued hostility and spate of attacks targeting teachers and non-locals who live and work in northeastern Kenya.