Africa

Pastors Sue Kenyan Government Over Lack Of Protection

Church attacks by Islamist extremists have Christians worried the nation may go the way of Nigeria.

Protestant churches in Kenya are suing the country's federal government, alleging a lack of help and protection following recent attacks.

The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) filed suit over riots that shook Mombasa in August and destroyed four local churches. The NCCK is seeking greater protection from the East African government, claiming that it is failing in its constitutional obligation to protect all citizens.

"The government bears full responsibility for the violation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the victims who are under its care," said Peter Karanja, general secretary of the NCCK.

NCCK claims that the violence was politically and religiously motivated, led by the Somalia-based Al Shabab extremist group.

The NCCK is also seeking response from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

CT previously reported a grenade attack against a Kenyan church in July, as well as a prayer rally protesting revisions to the Kenyan constitution.

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