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“You Know What We Want From You,” Terror Group Behind Kaduna Train Attack Tells Gov’t

In a video message, the terror group behind the deadly train attack called on the government to meet their demand.

Two of the victims of the Kaduna train attack were released on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, after appearing in a video with a burnt military armoured vehicle and four-armed fighters. 

The masked fighters stated that they were behind the March 28 attack on the train moving passengers from Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, to Kaduna in the northwestern part of the country. 

According to one of the fighters holding a rocket-propelled grenade, the terror group pitied the released captive due to his old age and Ramadan. 

Other fighters could be seen armed with AK pattern rifles, and a machine gun behind them was a burnt Type 89 tracked armoured vehicle belonging to the Nigerian Army, indicating an Army unit was recently attacked in the area. 

In his statement, the released captive also stated that he could confirm that he had been released due to his age and he would be leaving a lot of people behind, adding that he hopes the government will meet with the leadership of the group and facilitate their release.

Another armed fighter subsequently spoke in a threatening voice, stating that the attack was not carried out because of money and the state was aware of what they wanted from it. He added that “you either hurry up, or we do what we want. This is our message.”

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