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Muslim passengers shielded Christians in deadly bus attack in Mandera (Kenya)

Eyewitnesses have confirmed that Muslim passengers shielded Christians in the Mandera-bound bus that was attacked by suspected Al-Shabaab militants on Monday morning. Mandera Governor Ali Roba who spoke to theNation by phone from outside the country

Eyewitnesses have confirmed that Muslim passengers shielded Christians in the Mandera-bound bus that was attacked by suspected Al-Shabaab militants on Monday morning.

Mandera Governor Ali Roba who spoke to theNation by phone from outside the country said the local passengers stood together with the non-locals refusing to be separated and dared the attackers to kill everyone or leave them alone.

The 7am attack happened between Dabacity and Borehole II, Deputy County Commissioner Julius Otieno said.

Dabacity Town is between Elwak and Kotulo.

“Initial reports indicate two people have died and three injured. Those injured are the driver and two passengers. The militants fled after the attack. Our team is on the ground tracking down the attackers,” Mr Otieno told the Nation by phone.

Mr Otieno refuted reports that the bus had been hijacked.

He said the attackers asked the passengers to alight from the vehicle and attempted to separate Muslims and non-Muslims.

“They were trying to identify who were Christians and who were not. They told the non-Christians to return to vehicle,” Mr Otieno said.

Two people died while three others were injured Monday morning after the bus travelling from Nairobi to Mandera was attacked.


“This forced the militants to leave in a hurry fearing retaliation by residents from nearby villages.

“The locals showed a sense of patriotism and belonging to each other by insisting that the Al-Shabaab should kill them together or leave them alone,” Mr Roba said.

A lorry that was behind the Makkah bus was also attacked in the morning incident, Mr Roba said.

He said intelligence reports from local pastoralist communities indicate that more than 200 Al-Shabaab had crossed into Kotulo from Somalia in the past three weeks.

Mr Roba said: “There have been increased movements of terror cells within our borders in the past three weeks. The security team is aware.”

“We have shared the information with the Cabinet Secretary and security team in Nairobi.”

He suggested that the Kenyan soldiers should comb the area on foot to flush the militants instead of doing road patrols.

“We urge the security personnel to launch on-foot engagement rather than patrolling on roads. The national security, those at the county and locals should also partner to flush out the militia which has infiltrated the area,” Mr Roba said.


Mr Roba condemned the attacks and condoled with the bereaved family.

“We share the burden of the injured as well as the dead,” he said.

According to local pastoralists, Mr Roba said, Al-Shabaab cells crossed to Kenya in groups of six to 15 and that the biggest group seen in the villages comprised of 30 fighters.

“They (Al-Shabaab) have infiltrated the villages giving radicalised teachings in the past three weeks.

“There has, however, been minimal or no engagement on foot by security personnel apart from road patrol yet Al-Shabaab operate off-road on foot,” Mr Roba said.

The governor was happy that locals had turned against the Al-Shabaab “and that is why locals were injured trying to protect non-Muslims in the bus.”

 Daily Nation – Kenya

Review overview
  • Zeray December 21, 2015

    Wow| Courageous Muslims protecting Christians. This should be broadcasted all over. That is humanity at work.

  • AHMED SALEH !!! December 21, 2015

    Some people are courageous enough to stand against evil . God bless
    them for setting such holy example .

  • Harent December 21, 2015

    God Bless these people for protecting their chiristian brothers.

  • Berhe Tenesea December 21, 2015

    This a heart worming story. Killing innocents selectively is wrong and must be confronted. The Muslim passengers have shown a great courage and must be commended.
    Killing doesn’t solve any thing except creating long lasting animosity and revenge.
    These passengers have set a standard examples for other human beings to be humane and considerate to others.
    Omalis by nature are not killers but outsiders have influenced them negatively to act this way.
    Long live these courageous passengers.

  • Habteab December 22, 2015

    All humans regardless of religion or beliefs should be united
    against any terrorist or extremist of this world. These inhuman killers
    should be chased and eliminated as far as possible before they become monsters.

  • Ali December 22, 2015

    All people are born innocent with no religion untill they bibtize and the child does not know the dufference among religions unless radicalized by teaching against
    Other religions.This radical teaching exists in all religions but the difference is that some islamic radical teachings are violent.People lived with no religious violence for thousands of years.It is wrong to justify your right through violence using religion.Islam is to me peace and I can not call me or my religion peaceful by killing innocent people who have blood relationship to me.Even who cares about islam and christian religions who were imported to Africa to destroy our true African religions.They both need to go back where they belong to if their plan is to divide African brothers and sisters to kill each other.
    African fight mostly over the grazing land for their cattle.If happens one tribe kills another for revenge not because he or she is Christian.We Africans have our own Mekka Medina and Jerusalem or Al Qudus.