Christians in Kenya are thanking the Lord for Muslims following a terrorist attack on a busload of passengers in Mandera, Monday. Muslim passengers aboard the bus helped protect Christian passengers from militant extremist organization al-Shabaab.
Militants from the organization shot at the bus and brought it to a stop, then quickly boarded and tried separating Muslims from Christians with the intention of killing all Christians on board.
“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,” Muslim passenger Abdi Mohamud Abdi
The incident was confirmed by local governor Ali Roba, who related the attack in a Daily Nation interview. The Kenyan publication reported 62 passengers had been on board at the time.
“They refused to separate from non-Muslims and told the attack[er]s to kill all passengers or leave,” Roba said.
Even with the passengers’ best intentions going quite a long way to save lives, risking their own lives in the process, two lives were still lost in the incident. Three more were injured: the driver and two passengers. Abdirashid Adan sustained one bullet wound when the group initially fired on the bus. The Nation reports he was taken to Mandera County Referral Hospital for treatment as a result.
Al-Shabaab spokesperson Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab boasted to Reuters that the group had reigned victorious in killing “some of the Christian enemies” while injuring others. Authorities, however, have yet to identify which faith was or wasn’t practiced by the victims who paid the ultimate price for their faith.
Musab declined comment on the Muslim passengers who had helped cloak and defend the Christian passengers during the attack.
Monday’s attack was not the first time al-Shabaab has targeted Christians, either. Newsweek reports, “During an April attack at the Garissa University College in Garissa, Kenya, militants killed 148, asking many their religion before opening fire.”
A great deal of those victims were Christian.
Twenty-eight non-Muslim victims were killed on a bus in December 2014, as well. Most of them were teachers en route to Nairobi.
Al-Shabaab’s most notorious attack took place at the Westgate Mall, in Nairobi in 2013. Sixty-seven people were killed in that attack. The group also has ties to al-Qaeda, though the National Counterterrorism Center says the group is “predominantly interested in the nationalistic battle against the Somali Federal Government and not supportive of global jihad.”
Whatever their agenda, though, there’s no denying the Christians aboard that bus in Mandera, Kenya, Monday, are even now thanking the Lord for Muslims and good people in the world.
The Lord sure works in mysterious ways.
Featured image by Kenya CitizenTV via YouTube video screen capture.