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Terrorists Abduct Passengers In Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack

Terrorists attacked the Kaduna-Abuja train yesterday March 28, using explosives and guns, before abducting some passengers.

A yet to be ascertained number of people were abducted, injured, and killed after a terror group on Monday, March 28 carried out a deadly attack on a train transporting passengers between Nigeria’s capital, Abuja and Kaduna in the Northwest

HumAngle understands that the audacious and multi-pronged attack which occurred near Kaduna involved an explosion that forced the train to a halt, after which the terrorists attacked with gunfire.

Authorities are yet to provide information on the number of passengers involved in the incident but the train was believed to be carrying over 900 passengers.

The attackers were said to have abducted an unknown number of people during the assault on the train in a remote location with poor telecommunications connection.

HumAngle learnt that security forces subsequently arrived at the location and secured the area, following which passengers were divided into groups and moved on foot to a road less than two kilometres away for evacuation in vehicles to Kaduna. 

Recovery efforts including for casualties are expected to continue at the site of the incident. 

A statement on the booking portal of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) says due to unforeseen circumstances train operations along the Abuja, Kaduna route have been temporarily suspended. 

A few days ago on March 26, a security incident occurred at the airport in Kaduna when a terror group attacked the Runway 05 axis of the airport. One person was killed in the attack. 

In Oct 2021, train services were suspended after twin security incidents occurred with trains moving on the same Abuja, Kaduna route. 

One of the trains came to an abrupt halt between Rijana and Dutse, after an explosion disabled the locomotive carrying the passenger coaches. 

Since its official launch in 2016, the train service provided passengers with an opportunity to avoid the risk associated with travelling by road due to violent attacks and abduction of commuters.

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