Nairobi: Kenyan Muslims travelling on a bus attacked by terrorists protected Christian passengers by refusing to be split into groups, according to eyewitnesses.
They refused to separate from non Muslims and told the attackers to"kill all of us or leave them alone". That is why some locals were injured trying to protect non Muslim passengers, Kenya media reports.
Two people were killed on Tuesday during an attack by Somali Shebab fighters on a bus travelling to Mandera in northeast Kenya from the capital Nairobi, the interior ministry said.
The assailants ordered everyone off the bus, "demanding that Muslims separate from Christians, but they refused," the interior ministry said in a statement.
Those who refused to identify themselves as Muslims "sent a very important message of the unity of purpose, that we are all Kenyans," Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said.
Abdi Mohamud Abdi, a Muslim who was among the passengers in Monday's incident, told Reuters that more than 10 al Shabaab militants boarded the bus and ordered the Muslim passengers to split away from the Christians, but they refused,
"We even gave some non-Muslims our religious attire to wear in the bus so that they would not be identified easily. We stuck together tightly," he said.
"The militants threatened to shoot us but we still refused and protected our brothers and sisters. Finally they gave up and left but warned that they would be back," he said.
In previous attacks, al Shabaab has often killed both Muslims and non-Muslims.