Muslims, Christians hand in hand against terrorism in Africa

Muslims and Christians stand together against militant violence in Camerron and Kenya as Boko Haram and Al-Shabab increase attacks

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Members of self-appointed vigilance committee hunting down and fighting Boko Haram, standing in the village of Lding Lding, northern Cameroon

Updated Jan 23, 2016

Boko Haram attacks in Cameroon’s Far North Region have prompted authorities and residents to set up different security methods and brought Muslim and Christian communities together against the militant group in the region.

"We have a new technique; Christians secure mosques when Muslims pray…On Sundays when Christians are in places for worship, Muslims patrol around churches to detect any suspicious movement," Mindjiyawa Bakary, governor of Cameroon’s Far North region told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

The patrolling committee was first established in mosques in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde a year ago.

Sheikh Ibrahim Moussa, Imam of the Yaounde Grand Mosque, told Anadolu Agency that the committee aims to identify suspicious activities around the mosques.

Boko Haram suicide attacks on places of worship have been increasing, particularly in the Far North Region where at least six people were killed in a suicide attack on a mosque last Monday.

More than 1,098 civilians, 67 soldiers and three policemen have been killed in Boko Haram attacks in the Far North Region since 2013 according to Cameroon’s minister of communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary.

Muslim teacher who shielded Christians in Al Shabab attack in Kenya

Kenyans started to organise a donation campaign on social media for the family of a Muslim teacher, Salah Farah who died on Sunday in a Nairobi hospital.

He was critically wounded by the Al Shabab militant group while he was shielding Christian passengers on the bus during an attack in December 2015.

The #HeroSalah hashtag has been trending on Twitter, people have been saying his behaviour should be taken as an example across Kenya in their stand against the Al-Shabab group.


Kenyan police chief Joseph Boinnet said, "He was a true hero. He died while protecting innocent Kenyans from terrorists."

Salah Farah, who was a teacher in a coastal town in Malindi of southeast Kenya, was one of the passengers on a bus from Mandera to the capital Nairobi in December when Al-Shabab militants attacked.

When passengers were forced to be separated according to their religion, he was one of the Muslims on the bus who refused and protected the Christians on board. He was then critically wounded by the militants.

Since October 2011, Al Shabab has been vowing to carry out attacks against Kenya for sending its troops to Somalia to fight against the militant group there. Kenya has been struggling with a wave of bomb attacks by Al Shabab in the country.

Last week Al Shabab attacked a Kenyan peacekeepers camp in southwestern Somalia, killing many Kenyan soldiers which Al-Shabab claimed about 100 Kenyan soldiers killed, but Kenyan officials have still refused to release the death toll.

TRTWorld and agencies