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#AK9 Train: Terrorists Holding 5 Children Among Other Captives

Twenty persons have been set free since March 28, 2022, when terrorists attacked an Abuja-Kaduna-bound train and kidnapped over 60 persons.

The terrorists currently holding up to 43 people kidnapped on the Abuja-Kaduna bound train on March 28, 2022, have refused to release five children among the captives, HumAngle can report.

Among the over 60 victims kidnapped, five are children and remain captive even after 20 persons have been released so far.

“They are four from one family and one from another. The oldest is nine,” one of the recently released captives told HumAngle.

On Sunday, July 10,  seven more captives were freed, including Bosede Olurotimi, Abubakar Zubairu, Alhassan Sule, Sadiq Ango Abdullahi, Muhammad Daiyabu Paki, and Aliyu Usman, as well as the only foreign national of Pakistani origin, Dr Muhammad Abuzar Afzal.

HumAngle had reported the release of 11 victims on June 11 as negotiations between the federal government and the terrorists continued. 

On April 7, Alwan Ali-Hassan, the managing director of the Bank of Agriculture, was released after a week in captivity. The terrorists claimed the exemption was made due to his ill health. They also set free a pregnant woman, a move they claimed was made out of sympathy.

But on May 24, the terrorists gave an ultimatum of seven days for their own (terrorists’) children, allegedly held by the government in an orphanage, to be released. This, they said, was among other demands. 

Daily Trust reported that N800 million was paid ransom to facilitate the release of the additional seven persons set free on Sunday.


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Nathaniel Bivan

Nathaniel Bivan is Regional Editor Northwest/Central and Head of Solutions Journalism Desk at HumAngle. He tweets @nathanielbivan

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