Following a deadly attack by al Shabab gunmen on a Kenyan university which left 147 dead on Thursday, churches in Kenya deployed armed guards to protect their Easter Sunday congregations.
Somalia’s al shabab militants have issued out more threats to continue targeting Kenya. On Saturday, al shabab threatened to stage more attacks and turn Kenyan cities "red with blood, " according to NBC News.
Meanwhile, Kenyan Police is reportedly, providing extra security at shopping malls and public buildings in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, and in the eastern coastal region.
Since al Shabab have always targeted Kenya's Christians, there was fear that Christian churches may be attacked by the militants on Easter Sunday.
NBC quoted Willybard Lagho, a Mombasa-based catholic priest and chairman of the Coast Interfaith Council of Clerics as saying "We are very concerned about the security of our churches and worshippers, especially this Easter period, and also because it is clear that these attackers are targeting Christians."
Al-Shabab is well known for its attack on Kenyan soils, with the deadliest being the Westgate mall in Nairobi in 2013, and Somalia's presidential palace, which it attacked twice last year. The group has targeted Kenya in retribution for Kenya sending its troops to Somalia . (Source: Agencies)