Recent attacks on churches in Nigeria and Kenya are signaling that there is little chance Islamist terrorists will abandon their war on Christianity any time soon. According to press reports, nearly two dozen people are dead as a result of a series of attacks this past weekend. The Vatican was quick to denounce the attacks, but it remains to be seen what reaction will be forthcoming from the Obama administration.
According to a story from the Italian news agency, AGI, twenty-one people were killed in the attacks. In Nairobi, Kenya, a grenade killed one person and wounded ten others. An al-Qaeda linked organization, Shabaab, has been blamed for the attack, though it has not yet claimed responsibility.
The attack in Kano, Nigeria, was even more brutal, when terrorists targeted worship services which were being held on the campus of Bayero University this past Sunday. An AFP story offers details from the horrific attack:
Witnesses said the attackers arrived in a car and two motorcycles, opening fire and throwing homemade bombs, causing a stampede. They said worshippers were gunned down as they sought to flee.
"They first attacked the open-air service outside the faculty of medicine," one witness said. "They threw in explosives and fired shots, causing a stampede among worshippers. They now pursued them, shooting them with guns. ... They also attacked another service at the sporting complex."
A witness who said he was at the sporting complex at the time of the attack reported hearing gunshots outside while they were praying.
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Photo: A police officer points at the site of a bomb explosion in Abuja, Nigeria, April. 26, 2012, where a suicide bomber detonated a car loaded with explosives at the office of a major Nigerian newspaper ThisDay: AP Images