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House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the risks posed to Christians in the north-eastern province of Kenya from the Somali-based Islamist group al-Shabaab.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We have had reports of two attacks against Christian places of worship in Kenya's North East Province in recent months. This is part of a wider increase in terrorist attacks by domestic and Somali extremist groups against a range of Kenyan targets. We assess these attacks are linked to Kenya's military intervention in Somalia and that the risk is unlikely to diminish in the immediate future.

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