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BREAKING: Terrorists bomb Abuja-Kaduna train with 970 passengers onboard

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Suspected bandit terrorists have detonated bombs on the railtrack of Abuja-Kaduna train and successfully immobilised it.

Credible sources confirmed the attack to DAILY NIGERIAN on Monday night, saying the attack occurred at a point between Katari and Rijana.

One of the passengers who confirmed the incident in a telephone call said the attackers have surrounded the train, shooting sporadically.

“All the passengers are currently lying on the floor of the train. The bandits are shooting sporadically. We are in serious danger,” said on of the panic-stricken passengers.

Satellite map showing the location of the train as sent by one of the passengers
The Google map showing the location of the train as sent by one of the passengers

There are at least 970 passengers onboard the train, according to official sources familiar with the train service.

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The Kaduna State government has said the scene of the attack has been taken over by the military.

A statement by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said security agencies have reported the situation to the Kaduna State Government.

“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.

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“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.

“This is to acquire an accurate inventory of all passengers and their actual status,” Mr Aruwan said.

Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i, who has been in constant touch with the security forces, commended them for their prompt response, and thanked them for successfully securing the train and passengers on board.

“Security forces continue to comb the general area in additional rescue efforts.

“Emerging developments will be communicated to the public,” added.

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32 COMMENTS

    • Congratulations for what? Jubilating over senseless massecre and sufferings of innocent compatriots?
      You’re sick!

      • I believe some heads must roll in the ministry of Transportation, begining from the top and the agencies in charge of securing the rail lines. This is the second time in less than a year if I’ve not mistaken, that an attack was carried out along Abuja/Kaduna exis. It shows an act of crass negligence.

  1. Kudos to the security agencies for their quick response and effort towards the job done,
    Long life Kaduna state government, long life president Muhammad buhari

  2. This is another testament of a failed and impotent government laced with poor thinkers and corrupt blood sucking demons.

  3. This has shown that we need 24/7 surveillance, it could be in the form of physical security presence or better still electronic surveillance because some of the rail tracks are in the obscured area.

  4. Indeed our government are trying a lot with do appreciate you..long life kaduna state government may God protect all of us.

  5. This means that only sure transport will remain the safest (albeit most expensive) means of transport in this country.

  6. So government can quickly respond to securities matter like this and act upon?may almighty God continue to protect the mases

  7. If it had happened in any of the southern states, the dwarf governor will be calling for state of emergency . Now that it is happening under his nose, he should step aside as the governor. Foolish people everywhere.

  8. The government is a scam. If you claim to have recover the 970 passengers, where are the perpetrators of the attack, where is their hideout and why are they always allowed to go free. Nonsense story. With all these kind of security threat tell me which international investor would want to come and do business in Nigeria????

  9. We should be grateful for safety of the passengers, at the same time, no matter how braved, they have been traumatised, by the attack, why are we not taken precautionary measures?untill it happens then we jump into fire brigade approach,life become valueless in the hands of this goverment as criminalitues is the order of the day, may God Almighty intervene in the security of our country Nigeria

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