Rebels kill 28 non-Muslims
Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab, attacked a
bus in northern Kenya at dawn yesterday, singling out and killing 28 non-Muslims.
Al-Shabab claimed respon-sibility for the attack through its radio station in Somalia saying it was in retaliation for raids by Kenyan security forces carried out earlier this week on four mosques at the Kenyan coast.
Nineteen men and nine women were killed in the bus attack, said Kenyan police chief David Kimaiyo.
Kenya's military said it responded to the bus assault with air strikes yesterday that destroyed the attackers' camp in Somalia and killed 45 rebels.
The bus travelling to
the capital, Nairobi, with 60 passengers was hijacked about 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the town of Mandera near Kenya's border with Somalia.
The attackers first tried to wave the bus down, but it didn't stop so the gunmen sprayed it with bullets, said the police. When that didn't work they shot a rocket-propelled grenade at it, the officers said.
The gunmen ordered all the passengers out of the vehicle and separated those who appeared to be non-Muslims from the rest by asking them questions about the Quran. Those who did not seem Muslim were shot at close range, the officers said.
Some of the dead were public servants who were heading to Nairobi for the Christmas vacation.
Kenya has been hit by a series of gun and bomb attacks blamed on al-Shabab, who are linked to al-Qaida, since it sent troops into Somalia in October 2011.