Spokesman says that the execution is revenge for the crimes committed by the Kenyan crusaders against Muslims in Mombasa
Garissa: Somalia’s Shebab Islamists on Saturday ambushed a bus in Kenya, killing 28 non-Muslim passengers in what they said was a revenge attack for police raids on mosques in the troubled port city of Mombasa.
“I can confirm that 28 innocent travellers were brutally executed by the Shebab,” regional police chief Noah Mwavinda said.
Bodies of the 28 non-Muslim victims killed in the bus attack yesterday. Pic/AFP
The gunmen ambushed the bus early morning as it headed for the capital Nairobi from Mandera, a town that lies right on the border with Somalia in Kenya’s northeasternmost corner.
Some 60 passengers on board were ordered off the vehicle, and the gunmen separated the travellers into Muslims and non-Muslims.
The militants then had the non-Muslims reboard the bus and tried to drive off with them, but the vehicle got stuck.
“So they executed their prisoners before escaping back into Somalia,” Mwavinda said.
Kenya’s Red Cross confirmed the death toll in a tweet after its team arrived at the scene.
The executions came after a week that saw one person shot dead and more than 350 people arrested as Kenyan ecurity forces carried out raids on mosques in Mombasa, looking for arms and Shebab sympathisers.
Police seized weapons and found black Islamist flags like those flown by the Shebab during the raids.
Four people were stabbed to death in apparent revenge attacks on Monday, with gangs taking to the streets beating some and knifing others after the raids that raised tensions in a city hit by a string of bombings and shootings.
“The Mujahedeen successfully carried out an operation near Mandera early this morning, which resulted in the perishing of 28 crusaders, as revenge for the crimes committed by the Kenyan crusaders against our Muslim brethren in Mombasa,” Ali Mohamud Ragea, a Shebab spokesman said in a statement.