Al-Shabab wants religious war in Kenya
Abdikadir Mohammed called on Kenyans of “all faiths and creeds” to stand together against the “heinous crimes”.At dawn on Saturday, al-Shabab gunmen attacked the bus in northern Kenya, shooting dead non-Muslim passengers.
The Somalia-based Islamist group has carried out numerous attacks across Kenya since 2011.
The bus was travelling to the capital, Nairobi, when it was stopped in Mandera county, not far from the border with Somalia.Gunmen separated out non-Muslims by asking passengers to read from the Koran, officials and witnesses said. Those who failed were then shot in the head.
Kenya’s Red Cross confirmed that 28 of the 60 passengers on the bus were killed, 19 men and nine women.One survivor, Douglas Ochwodho, told how he was singled out to be killed but was not shot and then pretended to be dead among the bodies.
Al-Shabab said the attack was in retaliation for recent killings of Muslims by the Kenyan security forces in the coastal town of Mombasa.
The Kenyan authorities said they had begun to identify the killers and would bring them to justice.
The interior ministry said a camp belonging to the attackers had been destroyed by Kenyan military helicopters and jets, with “many killed”.