All passengers were taken off the bus after which Muslims were separated from the non-Muslims. The non-Muslims were then gunned down.
A report from a security official stated that three people that were about to be shot were spared when they began reciting verses from the Koran.
The terrorist group Al-Shabhab has taken full responsibility of the attack, and as Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, al Shabaab’s spokesman, said:
The Mujahideen successfully carried out an operation near Mandera early this morning, which resulted in the perishing of 28 crusaders, as a revenge for the crimes committed by the Kenyan crusaders against our Muslim brethren in Mombasa
Notice it mentions the enemy as “Kenyan crusaders,” indicating that the enemy to the Muslims is the Christians, and they see Kenyan forces who fight these terrorists as Christian crusaders.
It is now being reported that the killers have fled to Somalia. Police Inspector General David Kimaiyo said
Preliminary reports indicate that the attackers, who were heavily armed, later fled toward the border into Somali
Ahmed Maalim, an official at the Mandera East sub-county security force, said:
The women and men (remaining outside) were separated, then shot at close range. None survived
Col. David Obonyo, said that the search “will continue until they arrest the attackers”.
According to one report:
Al Shabaab fighters spared Muslims travelling on the Kenyan bus before opening fire on their fellow passengers in a revenge attack following a series of strikes against the reviled terror group.
The heavily-armed insurgents ambushed the bus with its 60 travellers en route to the Kenyan capital Nairobi, first spraying it with assault rifle fire and then bringing it to a standstill with a rocket propelled gang.
Passengers were ordered off the bus at gunpoint and Muslims separated from the non-Muslims before the terrorists opened fire again, killing 19 men and nine women.
A security official said three people about to be shot saved their lives when they began reciting verses from the Koran.
The attacked happened near the town of Mandera, close to the border with Somalia.
Al Shabaab said the murders were in retaliation for raids by the Kenyan security forces on mosques in the port city of Mombasa last week, which led to 376 arrests.