Muslims on an ambushed bus in Kenya’s north refused to let Al-Shabaab jihadists slaughter their fellow Christian passengers on Monday.
Reports say that Al-Shabaab Islamic militants ambushed the bus and another vehicle in Mandera County, near Kenya’s borders with Somalia and Ethiopia.
The ambush resulted in two people being killed, and four wounded.
When 10 gunmen entered the bus, they tried to single out Christians for execution, but eyewitnesses say that the Muslim passengers refused to allow it to happen, reported Kenyan newspaper the Daily Nation.
Watch this news report from Kenya CitizenTV about Monday’s attack:
Mandera’s governor Ali Roba said that the local Muslims’ actions prevented a massacre similar to one that occurred in the area in November 2014. In that atrocity, Al-Shabaab militants executed 28 people, mainly teachers, who were traveling on a bus to Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
“[The Muslim passengers] refused to separate from non-Muslims, and told the attackers to kill all passengers or leave. That is why some locals were injured trying to protect non-Muslim passengers,” Roba told the Daily Nation.
Abdi Mohamud Abdi, a Muslim who was among the passengers, described what happened when the Al-Shabaab militants boarded the bus.
“We even gave some non-Muslims our religious attire to wear in the bus so that they would not be identified easily. We stuck together tightly,” Abdi told Reuters.
“The militants threatened to shoot us, but we still refused, and protected our brothers and sisters. Finally, they gave up and left, but warned that they would be back,” he said.
For more on Al-Shabaab and their background, watch this TestTube News video:
Al-Shabaab militants have killed both Muslims and non-Muslims during their terrorist attacks in Kenya, but among their worst atrocities, they have singled out Christians for execution.
As well as their killing of the 28 bus passengers last November, Al-Shabaab militants massacred 148 people during April this year at a university in Kenya’s northeast. They also killed 48 people near the island resort of Lamu in June 2014, and during December in that same year they executed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers near Mandera.
Al-Shabab also grabbed worldwide headlines when they massacred 67 people at Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall in September 2013.
A presidential adviser, who hails from Mandera, Abdikadir Mohamed, has cautioned that the militant jihadist group is trying to fuel a religious war in Kenya, reports BBC. The British broadcaster added that some of the African nation’s Christian leaders have openly blamed Muslim leaders for not doing enough to address radicalism in their communities.
See this Channel 4 News report on how many Christians in the northern Kenyan town of Gar fled after Al-Shabaab militants killed 148 non-Muslim students in April of this year: