“The militants decided to leave after the passengers’ show of unity”
When al-Shabab—an al Quada affiliate—terrorists boarded a bus in Kenya and ordered Muslims to separate from Christians so they could slaughter the Christians, the Kenyan Muslims refused.
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.
They told the militants “to kill them together or leave them alone”, a local governor told Kenyan media.
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 says it carried out the attack.
The Muslims who refused to be separated from the Christians were undoubtedly aware of this terror group’s MO: they separate the Muslims from the non-Muslims and then kill all of the non-Muslims.
The BBC continues:
When al-Shabab killed 148 people in an attack on Garissa University College in April, the militants reportedly singled out Christians and shot them, while freeing many Muslims.
Last year, a bus was attacked near Mandera by al-Shabab militants, who killed 28 non-Muslims travelling to Nairobi for the Christmas holidays.
“The locals showed a sense of patriotism and belonging to each other,” Mandera governor Ali Roba told Kenya’s private Daily Nation newspaper.
The militants decided to leave after the passengers’ show of unity, he added.
For its part, the Daily Nation has more details about the harrowing incident from their exclusive interview with the bus driver.
The driver of the bus that was attacked by Al-Shabaab militants in Mandera on Monday has said that it was by “God’s miracle” he and his passengers survived in the ambush that left two people dead.
Mr Shukri Farah also confirmed that Muslims who were in the bus gave clothes to non-Muslims in the bus to disguise them as Muslims preventing what could have been a massacre similar to last year’s when 28 passengers were killed.
. . . . He said the bus was full and the non-Muslims were advised to hide under the seats and others asked to mingle with Muslims.
“After dressing like Muslims it was difficult for the attackers to identify who was who and they did not get into the bus to ransack it. I think it’s because they were only four,” said Mr Farah.
“I was carrying more than the bus’ capacity because I picked other passengers from a bus that had broken down along the way and for these attackers to start screening us one by one could have proved difficulty as they seemed to know that we always have police escort.
Asked if Muslims shielded Christians he said: “These are bad people; you can’t dare bargain with them. The only thing was that Muslim women gave their clothing to Christians and on alighting from the bus the Christians stood in the middle of the crowd but nobody said anything to the attackers,” said Mr Farah.
This last part seems to contradict the local governor’s statement (above) that the Muslim passengers challenged the terrorists, but either way, it seems that the Muslim passengers acted heroically and compassionately in what might have been yet another mass slaughter of Christians by Islamist terrorists.
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