Security forces near victims killed in the dawn attack on a bus near Mandera, in which 28 non-Muslim

I called my fiancee in Mandera 157 times

A 27-year old man is still trying to come to terms with the last message he got from his fiancee before she was killed by al shabaab militia in Mandera last Saturday.

Julius Idewa, 27, from Kocholia, Teso North sub county, Wednesday said he last spoke to Violet Moraa, 24, at 4am on Saturday. Moraa was among the 28 killed when the bandits raided a Nairobi-bound bus. She was one of the 21 teachers killed.

“Tumevamiwa niombee” (We have been attacked pray for me) was the last text message he got from Moraa. He tried calling her 157 times but the calls were not answered.

“It was until 11.30pm on Saturday that the phone went off. I never slept that night pondering what could have befallen my wife-to-be, Idewa said.”

Speaking after meeting Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong in his office Wednesday, Idewa said the wedding he planned turned out to be a funeral.

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