Attack by militants happened in Kenya (Photo by Pixabay)
Christians were saved from death by being shielded by a group of Muslims who were caught in a bus attack in Kenya by Al-Shabaab militants on Monday. The passengers told the gunmen that they were all prepared to die together.
The bus that was headed to Mandera is usually escorted by police. However, the police car is said to have broken down and the bus full of both Muslims and Christians continued on its way without protection.
Witnesses told CNN that the extremist group stormed the bus on Monday telling the travelers to separate themselves according to their religion. After the Muslims were told to get into a group separate from the Christian passengers, the Muslims refused.
“They told them, ‘If you want to kill us, then kill us. There are no Christians here,” the witness said.
The Muslim women even went so far as to give the Christian women their own hijabs to wear so they wouldn’t be recognized as non-Muslims.
Joseph Nkaissery, Kenya’s interior cabinet secretary, praised the actions of the Muslim group who protected their fellow Kenyans.
“We are all Kenyans, we are not separated by religion,” he said. “We are one people as a nation. And this is a very good message from my brothers and sisters from the Muslim community.”
The gunmen left after the group refused to be separated from each other. According to a report by Fox News, the attack may have also been halted by a Muslim passenger who apparently told the terrorist group that there were police officers on their way behind them. It was then that the attackers left. However, they did warn them that they would be back.
A truck that was following the bus was also stopped and the driver was killed by the militants. Another man who was a Christian was also shot dead as he was trying to run away from them.
These kinds of attacks have been carried out before by al-Shabab along this stretch of well-traveled road in Kenya, which is why security has been forced to travel with these types of vehicles. Many non-Muslims, and even Muslims, have been killed during these attacks.
In 2014, 28 non-Muslim teachers were shot to death and a month later, a group of workers at a quarry near the Somali border were also killed.
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