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#KadunaTrainAttack: More Victims Appear In New Video

HumAngle has obtained a series of videos from masterminds of the Kaduna train attack, showing victims and their abductors in a vast expanse of forest area.

A series of videos obtained by HumAngle of the Kaduna train attack on 28 March, shows victims, surrounded by their armed abductors in a vast expanse of forest area, pleading with the government to act.

In one of the latest clips notably different from the one released a week ago, which HumAngle also reported, about 15 of the terrorists are lined horizontally behind their captives, holding rifles and dressed in non-combat gears, with turbans covering their faces.

The emergence of the videos supports growing evidence of the activities of terrorism in the northwest, similar to those in the Lake Chad region. The Kaduna train, as this latest video reveals, was carried out by terrorists rather than by mere bandits. 

HumAngle understands that the terrorists reached out to the government with their demands towards facilitating the process of getting their demands met. HumAngle is yet to independently verify what the demands are; however, one of the demands is the release of certain individuals associated with the group in several detention centres in the country.

The latest video appears to have been shot with the previous one as the Managing Director at the bank of Agriculture, Alwan Ali-Hassan, who appeared in both videos has since been released by the abductors. 

“We are the train passengers that left Abuja for Kaduna on the 27th of March, 2022,” one of the captives says. “On our way, we were attacked and abducted. And between that time and now, only we know the kind of condition we have been in. There are mothers and toddlers amongst us. There are old, sickly people. Many of us are sick. We are in a very difficult and painful situation.  And so we are calling on our friends and families, and the government too, to do something urgently.”

As the man speaks, Alwan Ali-Hassan by his right, and another captive by his left, the camera shifts away from him and focuses on other abductors sitting or lying down behind him. 

After, Ali-Hassan is shown urging the government, once again, to listen to their captors and address their demands and grievances to ensure the freedom of everyone.

In the second video, four women are lined up: a student who identified herself as Lois John, studying Agriculture at the Kaduna State University and spoke on behalf of the women, two middle-aged women, and an older woman. 

One of the middle-aged women identified herself as Gladys, an ex-staff of the Defense Industry, Kaduna.

“What happened on Monday was needless,” she said. She urged the government to give a listening ear to their captors.

While the previous video featured the terrorists speaking, the two videos recently obtained show only the captives speaking and appealing to the government.

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Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu

Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu is the Managing Editor at HumAngle. She researches and investigates terrorism & insurgency and its human cost and aftermath, particularly how they affect transitional justice issues, displacement, migration, and women. She is a 2023 Pulitzer Centre grantee, a 2023 International Women Media Fund awardee, and a 2022 Storify Africa fellow, among several others.

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