Muslims’ solidarity saves Christians from terrorists
A group of Kenyan Muslims travelling on a bus ambushed by Islamist gunmen protected Christian passengers by refusing to be split into groups, according to eyewitnesses.
BBC quoting an eye witness said the Muslims told the militants “to kill them together or leave them alone.”
At least two people were killed in the attack, near the north-eastern village of El Wak on the Somali border.
The Somali based al-Shabab group is the main suspect for the attack. It has not said if it was responsible, but often carries out attacks in Kenya’s north-east.
The bus was travelling from the capital Nairobi to the town of Mandera.
“The locals showed a sense of patriotism and belonging to each other”
The militants decided to leave after the passengers’ show of unity.
An employee of the Makkah bus company, who had spoken to the driver involved in the attack, confirmed that Muslims had refused to be separated from their fellow Christian passengers.
One of the victims was shot dead after trying to run away from the militants after passengers had been forced off the bus. Al-Shabab has been at war with Kenya ever since Kenyan forces entered Somalia in October 2011 in an effort to crush the militants.