Kenyan Muslims shield Christians from bus attack

Kenyan officials say two people killed in attack on passenger bus in Kenya's northeastern Mandera county

Photo by: AA (Archive)
Photo by: AA (Archive)

Two passengers killed in Kenya bus attack

Kenyan officials said two people were killed and three others including the bus driver were injured in an attack on a passenger bus in Kenya's northeast near the border with Somalia.

It was believed that the bus was carrying more than 50 passengers when the incident occurred on the road  while travelling from Kenyan capital Nairobi to Mandera town.

According to a Kenyan official suspected Al Shabab militants tried to separate two Muslim passengers from those who were Christian.

“The Muslims stood with the Christians and dared the attackers to kill them all or leave,” Mandera Governor Ali Roba told Anadolu Agency.

Mandera Deputy Commissioner Julius Otieno confirmed reports about the attack which took place near Dabacity town in Mandera County.

“Initial reports from the survivors show that the militants were trying to separate Christians from Muslims, but the Muslims stood their ground, that is when they militants ran away,” Otieno said.

Al Shabab has threatened to organise more attacks on Kenya until it draws its troops in Somalia.

In April, Al Shabab killed 148 people in Garissa University, Kenya. It was the bloodiest attack ever by the group in Kenya.

TRTWorld and agencies