Witnesses say terrorists abducted passengers, shot others in Abuja-Kaduna train attack
Passengers on board the train that was attacked in Kaduna on Monday lament that some persons were abducted during the attack.
The train which took off from Abuja around 6pm was bombed by terrorists between Dutse and Kakau.
Some passengers said about six people got bullet wounds and it was not clear if they survived.
“There are six people we have counted with bullet wounds, there maybe more but so far this is what I can confirm. Security agents are trying to get them medical attention,” a passenger said.
“We also learnt that the bandits forced their way into some coaches and have abducted some people.”
Daily Trust quoted one Zainab Musa, a passenger, to have said, “Currently we are all lying down flat and Security forces have started converging to drive the terrorists away. We are grateful to be safe and not harmed.”
Another passenger said the explosives planted by the terrorists ‘destroyed’ the engine of their train.
He said, “As at 8pm, we were just lying on the seats of the train praying. The gunmen were shooting sporadically around Katari-Rijana area.”
Kaduna State commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement that security agencies had secured the train trapped by terrorists.
He wrote that “The Kaduna State Government received multiple reports of an attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train service at around Kateri-Rijana general areas.
“Relevant action agencies were urgently contacted, and robust deployments of personnel were swiftly made to the area to secure the passengers on board.
“Efforts are ongoing to convey the passengers from the location and others that sustained injuries have been rushed to hospitals for urgent medical attention.
“The Government of Kaduna State will be liaising with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to ascertain the list from the passengers’ manifest for efficient tracking.”
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