“‘One by One They Were Shot in the Head’: Islamist Hijackers Use a Simple Test to Find — and Kill — Non-Muslims,” by Zach Noble, The Blaze, November 22, 2014:
NAIROBI, Kenya (TheBlaze/AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya’s north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said Saturday.
One passenger said the hijackers used a disturbing, simple test to identify who they would kill: knowledge of the Koran.
The bus traveling to the capital Nairobi with 60 passengers was hijacked at dawn Saturday about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the town Mandera near Kenya’s border with Somalia, said two police officers….
Some of the dead were public servants who were heading to Nairobi for the Christmas vacation, the officers said. About 20 gunmen ordered all the passengers out of the bus and separated those who appeared to be non-Muslims from the rest and shot them at close range, the officers said….
The attack is suspected to have been carried out by al-Shabab, the Islamic militant rebels in Somalia.
“When we got down, passengers were separated [by armed hijackers] according to Somali and non-Somalis,” a passenger, Ahmed Mahat, told the BBC.
“The non-Somalis were ordered to read some verses of the holy Koran, and those who failed to read were ordered to lie down,” Mahat said. “One by one they were shot in the head at point blank range.”