Barnabas Fund, 4 November 2019
A Muslim minibus driver saved the lives of his eight Christian passengers in Kenya in October when he refused to obey the orders of Islamist militant hijackers.
Around ten armed Al Shabab militants attempted to flag down the minibus as it left a building site, but the driver accelerated away. The militants sprayed bullets at the minibus deflating a tyre.
The County Commissioner said, “The driver is a local but most of the passengers were non-locals whom we believe were the target.” The passengers reportedly lay on the floor as they heard the bullets hit the minibus.
Other atrocities against Christians by Al Shabab in Kenya include the murder in September 2018 of two Christians on an ambushed bus who refused to recite the Islamic creed, and of three Christians in a primary school compound in February 2018.