A group of Muslims riding with Christians on a bus in Kenya put themselves in front of Islamic militant gunmen, effectively preventing them from massacring the group.
Though two died during the ambush, the results from the Monday attack could have been much worse. The Somalia-based radical Islamic terror group al-Shabaab entered the small Kenyan town of El Wak with the intent to overtake a local bus, single out the Christians among the passengers and murder them on the spot. What they discovered, however, was a moment of defiance as the Muslims would not separate from the Christians on the bus.
A local governor speaking to Kenyan media says the Muslim passengers, who were reportedly mostly women, told the gunmen “to kill them together or leave them alone.” Shocked and confused by the move, the al-Shabaab militants left shortly thereafter.
The thwarted attack follows the Garissa massacre in April of this year, which left 148 university students dead. Monday’s bus attack is not the first time al-Shabaab has targeted buses. Around this time last year, the group killed 28 Christians traveling by bus to the Kenyan city of Nairobi for the Christmas holiday.
“The locals showed a sense of patriotism and belonging to each other,”says Ali Roba, the Kenyan governor of Mandera, speaking to Daily Nation.
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