Adventists killed in Kenyan bus massacre

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Mandera, Kenya

At least eight Adventists were among the 28 bus passengers massacred by a Muslim extremist group in northern Kenya this past Sabbath morning.

According to CNSnews.com, the Al-Shabaab terrorists stopped the Nairobi-bound vehicle and quizzed passengers to determine whether they were Muslims. Eyewitnesses said those who answered unsatisfactorily were taken aside and shot.

“They asked how many times I pray in a day, asked me to recite a Qur’an verse and also greeted one in Islamic,” said one of the survivors to Kenya’s Daily Nation. “If one failed to answer these questions, then you’d be asked to lie on a muddy patch of the road facing down.”

The Standard reported on Monday that an Adventist Church in Mandera lost more than half of its congregation in the attack. “We lost 10 members,” the newspaper quoted church pastor David Matheka. It’s likely that the Adventists on the early morning bus were on their way to church at the time of the attack.

Representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s East Central Africa Division confirmed to Adventist Record yesterday afternoon that at least eight Adventists were killed in the massacre.

According to CNSnews.com, the 59-passenger bus was also carrying a number of teachers and health workers who were heading home for the Christmas holidays. 

The Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for the massacre earlier this week. In a statement, the terrorist group called the Christian victims “crusaders” and said the attack was in response to police raids conducted last week on mosques in majority Muslim Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city.