Muslim patrols guard Christian churches in Kenya

Following July 1 attacks on churches in the town of Garissa — close to the Kenyan-Somali border — local Muslim leaders have decided to provide their own protection to the churches of their Christian neighbours.

Last Sunday, July 8, local Muslim youths and their leaders patrolled with the police during church services, and no attacks were reported.

The Muslim patrols are a strong statement of rejection for the militant methods and ideology of Al Shabab, the Somali Islamist militant group that is suspected of carrying out the July 1 attacks in Garissa. By targeting Christians, militants in northern Kenya appear to be punishing Kenya for sending troops into Somalia to attack Al Shabab, and to prop up the shaky Somali government.

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