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Abuja-Kaduna train bombing: 12 coaches fully repaired – NRC

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via rayyanalhassan[email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, says it has successfully moved 12 out of 14 coaches involved in the recent Abuja-Kaduna train attack, to its various stations.

Fidet Okhiria, NRC’s Managing Director, in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday, said efforts were being made to recover the remaining two coaches.

”Extensive Rolling Stock recovery exercise has been achieved.

”Specifically at the close of work today (April 7), the half capsized coach (SP 00003) has been pushed back to standing position and coach (SPA 00002) was re-railed and pushed to Rigasa Station.

”The total number of recovered coaches is now 12 out of 14. These include all 11 coaches of the attacked AK9 train and one coach of the Rescue Train.

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”All 12 coaches recovered have been moved safely to our stations. Efforts are continuing to recover the remaining two coaches and Loco 2809.’’

According to Mr Okhiria, intensive and more expansive track repair works has also been achieved at the incident site.

On the 362 passengers and 20 train crew members on board the train, the NRC boss said the status remained the same as at its last update.

As at April 4, 191 persons on the manifest were now confirmed safe and at their various homes; 22 people are reported missing by their relatives and eight persons confirmed dead.

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The NRC boss reiterated that the corporation would continue to update the general public of latest developments.

He also appreciated the security agencies for their continued support.


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