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#AK9Train: Terrorists Refuse To Release Shot Abductee, Insist On Demands

The victim, Mohammed Al-Amin, is among the 50 still in captivity after 11 were released among those abducted in March, on the Abuja-Kaduna bound train.

Terrorists have reportedly refused to release Mohammed Al-Amin, one of the over 60 kidnap victims of the March 28  2022 Abuja-Kaduna train attack.

Tukur Mamu, one of the negotiators and media consultants to Sheik Mahmud Gumi, a Kaduna-based Islamic cleric disclosed this on Wednesday, June 29.

Mamu said the shooting of Al-Amin occurred on Monday, June 27 during a friendly exchange of fire between the abductors guarding the victims. But he added that he did not entirely believe that it was not premeditated and the victim, Mohammed Al-Amin, although alive, “is in a health crisis situation.”

The negotiator had attempted to secure Al-Amin’s release but the terrorists refused and insisted the government responds to their demand. 

Mamu advised the Nigerian government to “deal with the abductors directly to see an end to the uncertainty as soon as possible.”

In a May 24 report, HumAngle reported that the terrorists reached out to Mamu, demanding a swap deal with the Nigerian government or they would start killing their victims in seven days. 

The terrorists had demanded the release of eight of their children whom they said were captured in Kaduna and kept in an orphanage.

On June 11, Abdulfatai Jimoh, chairman of the abducted victims’ relatives association, confirmed to HumAngle that 11 captives had been set free. “We believe the rest of them will be released in a matter of hours,” he said. “My sister-in-law, Rashida, has been released. We are very happy.”

But Jimoh still has another relative in captivity – his own wife, alongside 49 others. 

The relatives said in a statement on June 23, “It is necessary to state that our family members still in captivity are living under horrendous conditions.

“Many of them are sick with poor medical care in addition to poor nutrition, environmental hazards and more frighteningly, living in perpetual fear of their lives.”


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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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