Salah Farah, a Muslim teacher who helped to save fellow Christian passengers when their bus was attacked by al-Shabaab militants has died in surgery to treat his bullet wound, the BBC reports.

Farah was on a bus headed to Mandera, a city which borders Somalia and Ethiopia, when the bus was ambushed in December last year.

The militants were targeting Christian passengers but the Kenyan Muslims managed to shield the Christian passengers, reportedly telling the attackers they were prepared to die together, in a show of bravery and religious solidarity.

Rashid, Salah’s brother says he hopes his brother’s death would bring religious harmony Photo: Jill Craig/VOA

Rashid, Salah’s brother says he hopes his brother’s death would bring religious harmony
Photo: Jill Craig/VOA

Farah was hit by a bullet during the ordeal, which claimed the lives of two Christians, but his actions saved the other Christian passengers.

Al-Shabaab has previously targeted Christians in its jihad campaign.

According to the BBC, Farah’s brother Rashid told Kenya’s The Star newspaper that he hoped his brother’s death would bring religious harmony and encourage Kenyans to live as one community.

Recently, in a development hailed by many as a vital gesture to help foster stronger interfaith relations, and bolster peace, Ugandan Christians living in the U.S. raised about shillings 12.6 million ($3,600) to renovate a 80-yr-old mosque in Uganda.

Source: BBC