Bloody attack on a bus with 60 passengers in northern Kenya. 28 people were shot dead by a group of armed men. According to authorities, the attackers have asked victims to recite verses from the Koran and those who did not know were executed on the spot.
The attack has not been claimed yet, but officials believe that behind it is the Somali militant group al-Shabab. Investigators found onsite black flags used by Shabab group in their actions.
The bus with 60 people had left Mandera, a town which lies on the border of Kenya with Somalia, and travel to the capital Nairobi when he was stopped by an ambush with gunmen.
A passenger told the BBC that those who could not recite verses from the Koran were shot in the head.
Three of the passengers, who were not Muslims, however knew to recite verses from the Koran and escaped with his life. There were 19 men and 9 women shot. 9 of the 28 were teachers or professors.
Jeoffrey Nyangau the brother of one of the victims, who witnessed the massacre, explains how he survived his brother. When Al-Shabab rebels have shot the victims, person by person, one by one, left blood person and the person’s right to have showered him too. The rebels, believing that they had shot, passed away on him and he pretended he was dead. It is the only surviving non-Muslim, and who told authorities what happened. (SEE VIDEO below)
Tensions escalated lately in the region near the border with Ethiopia and Somalia. In early November, 20 policemen were killed in an ambush.