Eye-witness account of how Abuja-Kaduna train bombers select passenger-abductees
Details have emerged regarding how terrorists who derailed the Abuja-Kaduna train on Monday chose the passengers they kidnapped after stopping the train using explosives on the rail track.
Some of the passengers who escaped the attack spoke with NigerianSketch on Tuesday, explaining that the engine of the train was completely destroyed by the explosive, and the driver was shot dead by the terrorists before they proceeded to ransack the train from coach to coach, looking for passengers that appear to them to be well off.
“Few passengers were picked from the second-class coaches who look well dressed and well fed. They shot a few people for no reason. Maybe they just wanted to scare us. Two seats away from where I was seated, gunshots were heard from outside the train, and that distracted the bandits who now abandoned the remaining passengers, engaged the army and still proceeded to the VIP coaches where they packed almost every passenger there”, Abdulkadir Sani told our reporter.
He explain that the bandit came with the mindset that passengers in the VIP section “would be suitable for kidnaping because they are people with rich background who could be used to extract huge ransoms.
He said the bandits did not come on their trademark motorcycles, but rather in Volkswagen Sharon vehicles.
“I counted about 10 of those vehicles that I could see. I could not see them all. They went away with men and women, mostly from the VIP section of the train. I am certain a few couples were among the people kidnapped because I saw a man still trying to protect his wife despite all the ordeals he was facing himself.”
“It was not a good sight to see. People being forced into vehicles by their abductors at gunpoint. They do not know where they will be taken, nor do they know when and how they could be rescued. It was a helpless situation. Very pathetic. Very heart-rending”, he said.
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