Suspected members of Somali Islamic extremist group Al Shabaab stopped a bus in northern Kenya on Friday, separating and killing those who were not local ethnic Somali Muslims.
A bus en route from Nairobi to Mandera with 56 people on it was intercepted and stopped at 5:30 p.m. in Wajir County. The population in the county is primarily ethnic Somali Kenyans. A witness and survivor of the event said the attackers separated out 11 Kenyan workers from the interior, who were assumed to be Christians.
Nine of the passengers on the bus were separated out and shot dead on the spot after they failed to recite the Islamic Shahada, a short Muslim profession of faith. Two others are missing and presumed to be dead.
"One of the Muslim men gave me Somali attire, and when the separation was being done I went to the side of the Muslims, and immediately we were told to get into the bus," the survivor told Morning Star News. "As the locals were getting back into the bus, the non-locals who were left behind were fired upon with gunshots."
The source said he thinks the extremist members had been monitoring the group's travel and knew it was not armed.
🔦 Al Shabaab is allied with Al Qaeda. The organization or its sympathizers have killed several non-local people in northern Kenya since 2011.