By Timothy Gamble
Christian Concern (ICC) is reporting that three passengers have been
confirmed dead and several others critically injured after suspected
al-Shabaab militants attacked a bus in southeastern Kenya, on Thursday, January 2. A second bus attack in the same area on the same day left one passenger dead.
Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, more commonly known as al-Shabaab, is a Muslim jihadist group based in Somalia, but active throughout East Africa, primarily in rural areas. In 2012, it pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda. In recent years, al-Shabaab has become notorious for its tactic of stopping buses,
forcing passengers to separate by religion, and then executing the Christians
A security officer at
the scene confirmed: “The incident happened
at noon Thursday, January 2, 2020, after the Mombasa Raha bus was
ambushed by heavily armed Somali-based militant members that ordered the
vehicle to stop. The driver defied their orders, causing the terrorists
to open fire randomly towards the bus. This led to the shooting of
three people and many others injured.”
Highway patrol officers responded quickly and, after a severe
exchange of fire, scattered the attackers who fled into the bush.
of those on the bus quickly made a call to the local security services
after the attack. The police on duty arrived in time to rescue many of
the injured passengers. The injured have been taken to the hospital and
the bus [was] towed. Identities of the victims, who are believed to be
non-local Christians returning to Lamu after spending the Christmas
season in upcountry, have not yet been established,” said the security officer.
A similar incident took place in Mandera on December
6, 2019, when 11 Christians were separated from other passengers and
Press release dated 1-3-2020 by International Christian Concern.
Reports provided by The Religion of Peace website.
Information from the Al-Shabaab entry in the online edition of Encyclopædia Britannica.
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