Kenyan authorities reported earlier this week that Al-Shabaab terrorists attacked a bus near the northeastern village of El Wak, and first attempted to separate Muslims from the Christian passengers.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Muslims helped dress non-Muslims passengers in Islamic garb, to prevent extremists from identifying them for slaughter on a bus in northern Kenya, witnesses said. "There are no Christians here, '" one passenger recounted. The rest were saved and the militants were eventually frightened off by another approaching vehicle.
Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho posted on Twitter, "I wish to recognise heroes/heroines who stood firm & rescued their fellow Kenyans from extremists in Mandera City".
Somalia's Al-Shabaab militants have split into two groups and now they are competing to demonstrate their thoroughness, Kenya security agencies have warned. The driver of a truck, which was trailing the bus, was also killed. The militants made a decision to leave after the passengers' show of unity, he added. Other Muslims hide the Christians under and behind bags in the bus, according to a passenger Abdiqafar Teno in an interview with CNN.
"They are competing to spread an worldwide jihadist agenda, which could be deadly if and when it happens", he said. We have insisted we have no problem with our Christian brothers. Twenty eight non-Muslims were killed in that attack.
The Al-Shabaab terror group has been killing Christians in Kenya and around the region, and back in April carried out a mass shooting at Garissa University College, killing a total of 152 people, mostly Christian students.
"Some of the Christian enemies died and others were injured" Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab Al-Shabab's military spokesman told Reuters in a statement.
The Shabaab, east Africa's long-time al-Qaeda branch, is headquartered in Somalia where it is fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu, which is protected by 22 000 African Union troops, including Kenyan soldiers.