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Muslims Protect Christians in Kenya Bus Attack

December 23, 2015
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The bus that was under attack in Kenya.

The bus that was under attack in Kenya.

There was an attack on a bus in Kenya by Somali Islamic terrorists called al-Shabab. These stories often do not end well. The people on the bus are killed. This story does not end that way.

Here is what happened. Armed Somali militants got on a Kenya bus. They ordered the passengers off the bus. They told Muslims to go to one side. Christians were told to go to the other side.

Some of the Muslims refused. A Muslim passenger said, “We even gave some non-Muslims our head scarves to wear in the bus. This meant that they would not be identified easily. We stuck together tightly. The militants threatened to shoot us. We still refused and protected our brothers and sisters. Finally, they gave up and left but warned that they would be back.”

The county governor said the passengers insisted that the militants either “kill them together or leave them alone.” The militants thought they heard the police coming and left.

There has been a lot of violence in this part of Kenya. The attack happened in Madera County. The county is along the border with Somalia. Some Somalis claim it is part of their country. After attacks in November of 2014, many Christians fled the area.

What happened on the bus Monday was a brave display of solidarity. It took place in a country strained by religious conflicts. Although Muslims were not the targets in Monday’s attack, many Muslims have also been victims of the militants. It is a sign of the times that people are growing weary of living in fear.

There were people killed in the attack. Many fewer were killed than probably would have died if the passengers had not stuck together.

Source: The Washington Post December 22, 2015

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