Muslim Passengers Risk Lives To Protect Christians During Bus Attack

Priyanka Prasad
An attack by militants near Somalia's border resulted in Muslims refusing to separate, instead shielding and protecting Christian passengers.

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An attack by radical jihadists on a bus traveling from Nairobi to Mandera demonstrated the beautiful ways in which unity can transcend divisions of religion.

As reported by the BBC, a Somali-based al-Shabab group is believed to be responsible for the attack—it hijacked the bus near Somalia’s Northeast border, but the Kenyan passengers held steadfast to their sense of connectedness.

The Muslim passengers reportedly told attackers “to kill them together or leave them alone,” and an employee of the bus service affirmed to the BBC that “Muslims had refused to be separated from their fellow Christian passengers.”

Mandera’s governor, Ali Roba, praised the display to Kenya’s Daily Nation, stating that, “the locals showed a sense of patriotism and belonging to each other…the militants decided to leave after the passengers' show of unity.”

Two individuals were killed in the attacks, but because the Muslims refused to allow their fellow Kenyan Christians to face the jihadists, many lives were undoubtedly saved.

This is not the first time al-Shabab has targeted Christians—in April, they inflicted a devastating attack on Garissa University College, killing 148 people. 

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