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Garissa is the capital of the province of North -Eastern in the East African state of Kenya and at the same time the administrative seat of Garissa District. It is located in the great plains of the Kenyan East on the River Tana, about 40 kilometers south of the equator.


The city had at the last census (1999) 50 955 inhabitants, but the number is likely to now are already higher because Garissa - still a small town in the 1970s - is growing rapidly. For 2007, the population was estimated at 73,900. Main demographic group in Garissa are the Somali, mainly from the clan of the Darod - Ogadeni.


On July 1, 2012 terrorist attacks were perpetrated in Garissa on two Christian churches, which have killed 16 people and 40 were injured. As mastermind of the radical Muslim Al- Schabaab militia is suspected of Somalia. Only days earlier, four foreign aid workers were abducted in Dadaab refugee camp 80 kilometers away and killed her driver. The entire region is considered to be unstable and dangerous.

On February 7, opened fire on unknown Pastor Ibrahim Makunyi of the East Africa Pentecostal Church ( a Pentecostal church ) and Abdi Welli opened. Welli, a locally known Christian convert from Islam, was killed instantly Pastor Makunyi came seriously injured in a hospital.

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