Kenya hails Muslim passengers who defied Al-Shaabab orders to segregate

Al-Shaabab has carried several major attacks in Kenya Killing hundreds of people. Kenyan military is fighting the terror group in Somalia

Al-Shaabab has carried several major attacks in Kenya Killing hundreds of people. Kenyan military is fighting the terror group in Somalia

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, top government leaders and the Kenyan general public have praised the spirit exhibited by Muslim passengers who boldly resisted orders by suspected Al-Shaab militants to separate from Christians on a bus bound for North-Eastern Kenya town of Mandera. Monday night

Three armed Al-Shaabab militia men reportedly attacked the bus full of passengers, commanded them to get off the bus, the gunmen then asked the passengers to segregate on Muslim and Christian religious lines in order to kill non-Muslims.

In a heroic show of solidarity Muslims stood up to Al-Shaabab demands and told the suspected attackers to “either kill us together or leave.” After numerous attempts to identify the passengers based on religion in vain, the militants told passengers to get back on the bus, and fled to the bushes.

“That (Kenyan) spirit was shown in a particularly striking way by the Kenyan Muslims who stood with their Christian compatriots against attackers near Mandera a few days ago,” President Kenyatta said Tuesday adding “This is the Kenyan spirit that we must uphold and honour.”

On his part the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims Adan Wachu called upon “all Kenyans to emulate the stand of the Mandera bus Muslims in total defence of Christians against terrorists who want to divide us on faith. Let’s be each other’s true keepers.”

Mandera is prone to these kinds of attacks, last year in November, suspected Al-Shaabab terrorists attacked a bus full of passengers, divided them along religious lines and killed 28 passengers, mostly non-Muslims.

The Somalia-based organization, earlier this year attacked Garrissa University in Eastern Kenyan and killed nearly 150 people, majority students.

“I stopped and quickly alerted the passengers of the happenings before the attackers got closer. We asked non-Muslims in the bus to cover their heads with jackets as Muslim women gave clothes to non-Muslims girls and women,” the driver of the bus in Monday’s attack,  Shukri Farah told local media.

Two people died in this latest Al-Shaabab attack