NRC confirms terrorists attack on Abuja-Kaduna train with passengers on-board

The Managing Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Fidet Okhiria, confirmed an attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train by suspected bandits on Monday night, although he said that information on the attack is still sketchy.

Some suspected terrorists were reported to have attacked an Abuja-Kaduna train with many passengers, a few kilometres to the Kaduna metropolis, on Monday night.

According to some unconfirmed media reports, the Kaduna-bound train derailed after the improvised explosive device planted by these bandits went off and then they subsequently, attacked the train with many passengers allegedly injured and several others allegedly kidnapped.

According to NAN, an authoritative source who confirmed the incident on condition of anonymity said the train departed Abuja 6pm, and was expected to arrive at Kaduna at 8pm, but was later attacked at about 7.45pm, although the details of the attack were not given.

The incident was reported to have happened between Katari and Rijana train stations, en route to Kaduna from Abuja.

Okhiria said, ‘’Information concerning the attack was still sketchy, and no concrete information could be given at the moment.

”We have confirmed the attack, but we cannot give you much information right now. From the reports we have gotten, most of the passengers have gone into hiding and the officials on board are yet to give us report of the situation.

”There are reports of gunshots and the train derailed due to the attack.’’

Meanwhile, troops have been mobilised to the scene of the attack as part of the rescue effort for the passengers.

The Managing Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Fidet Okhiria, confirmed the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train by suspected bandits on Monday night, although he said that information on the attack is still sketchy.

Okhiria said, ‘’Information concerning the attack was still sketchy, and no concrete information could be given at the moment.

”We have confirmed the attack, but we cannot give you much information right now. From the reports we have gotten, most of the passengers have gone into hiding and the officials on board are yet to give us report of the situation.

”There are reports of gunshots and the train derailed due to the attack.’’

Meanwhile, troops have been mobilised to the scene of the attack as part of the rescue effort for the passengers.

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