Radical Muslim high school students led an assault against 35 of their Christian peers at a high school in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday. Any student who refused to convert to Islam was stabbed, slashed with machetes, or beaten.
Tensions had been building for months, forcing the staff at Jamhuri High School, a boarding school in the African country, to segregate the Christian and Muslim students into separate bathrooms, according to a Morning Star News report.
Islamic students claimed that the school was discriminating against them, leading to the assault on Tuesday, January 23.
The incident began when Muslim students began shouting at their classmates before they began their assault, trying to force the Christians to convert with threats of violence. If the Christians students refused, they were stabbed and beaten.
One student spoke with Morning Star News on the condition of anonymity out of fear for his life.
“Some Muslim students forcefully tried to induct Christian students into their Islam faith, and those who refused were knifed, while others were physically beaten,” he said. “The knives and machetes used are alleged to have come from outside the school.”
Many students have been hospitalized for treatment for their stab wounds and dislocated bones. The principal is also being treated for injuries.
Pending a police investigation, the school has been forced to close its doors.
This comes after several incidents in Kenya where extremist Muslims have led assaults against Christians. In July, the al-Qaeda linked terror group, Al Shabaab, murdered 13 civilians in the village of Kipini.