Muslim passengers came to the rescue of Christians on their bus when terrorists with the Somali-based al-Shabaab group ambushed the vehicle in Kenya’s northern Mandera state.
Two people died in the initial shooting, but the rest of the passengers put up a united front against their attackers.
Because there were 12 Christians on the bus, Muslim passengers immediately began hiding those they could while handing out head scarves so the Christian women could disguise themselves.
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The terrorists ordered everyone off the bus and demanded Muslims and Christians divide into two groups, which in the past has preceded the killing of anyone identified as Christian.
But this time, Muslim passengers refused to be separated from the rest.
“If you are going to kill us, kill us all. There are no Christians here,” recalled one witness who quoted his fellow passenger’s words when speaking to CNN.
The show of unity stalled the terrorists, while an approaching truck, which could have been police, scared them off.
“The locals showed a sense of patriotism and belonging to each other,” Mandera Governor Ali Roba said later, praising their heroism.
(WATCH the video from CNN below) — UN Photo of anti-al-Shabaab patrol
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