On Monday, Somali Islamist terrorists ambushed a Kenyan bus in Mandera, which is in northeastern Kenya, immediately killing two people and wounding an additional four.
More than 10 al Shabaab militants boarded the bus after spraying it with bullets, demanding that the Muslims identify the Christian passengers.
In a show of courage, the Muslims refused their captors’ demands, even though the terrorists had killed both Christians and non-Christians in previous attacks.
A local governor told the Kenyan press that the ambushed Muslims told the terrorists:
“Kill us together or leave us alone.”
Abdi Mohamud Abdi was on the bus and described how the attackers demanded the Muslim bus riders form a group separate from the Christians, but they rejected the terrorists’ command:
“We even gave some non-Muslims our religious attire to wear in the bus so that they would not be identified easily. We stuck together tightly.”
“The militants threatened to shoot us, but we still refused and protected our brothers and sisters.”
“Finally they gave up and left, but warned that they would be back.”
The passengers knew that just a year before, the al Shabaab soldiers had boarded another bus in the same location and killed all 28 Christians, who were going home for the Christmas holiday, execution-style.
Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, an al Shabaab’s military spokesman, confirmed the passengers’ description of the attack:
“Some of the Christian enemies died and others were injured.”
Kenya borders Somalia along its northeastern edge, a long stretch of land with too little security, even if the culture of bribery was not corrupt.
Kenyan police spokesperson, Charles Owino said that buses leaving from Mandera had been given police escorts, but there was no escort with this bus because it had avoided a police checkpoint.
Al Shabaab has vowed to maintain its efforts unless Nairobi removes its troops from the African Union military action against Somalia’s militants.
Somalia hopes to annex northeastern Kenya.