DALLAS, September 26, 2013 â€” Much of the focus on the tensions in the Middle East, Africa and Asia has been on which political group will ultimately gain power in the various struggles. However, the bombing of a church in Pakistan and the targeting of non-Muslims in the terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya highlight the vulnerability of religious minorities in many parts of the world.
Sundays’ attack on All Saint’s Church, an Anglican church built in 1883 is the deadliest attack on Christians in Pakistan’s history, killing 81 and injuring 140 church goers, according to the Associated Press.
Wealthy Kenyans and Westerners bustled about Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi on Saturday. Families ate lunch in the food court. A radio station targeting Kenyan Asians was hosting a children’s event on the roof of the parking lot.
Around noon, armed gunmen stormed the mall and exploded grenades. Thousands of terrified people dropped to the floor, fled out of exits and hid in stores. The gunmen began lining people up and shooting some of the five dozen people they would slaughter and 240 people, ages 2 to 78, that they would wound.
Al-Shabaab, which is claiming credit for the attack, is reported to have singled out non-Muslims. “A witness to the attacks at Nairobi’s upscale mall says that gunmen told Muslims to stand up and leave and that non-Muslims would be targeted,” according to the Associated Press.