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Terrorists release 11 abducted passengers of Abuja-Kaduna train

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Terrorists who attacked a Kaduna-bound train have released 11 captives after spending more than two months in captivity.

On March 28, the terrorists bombed the train, opened fire on the passengers, killing nine and abducting 62.

According to Daily Trust report, those those released on Saturday after a series of negotiations include six female and five male captives.

Quoting the publisher of Desert Herald, Tukur Mamu, who served as a mediator, the paper said the terrorists released the male captives on health grounds, while the women because of their vulnerability.

“It was expected initially that all the abducted women will be released in the first batch while negotiations for the release of the remaining victims will continue but the abductors had cut down the number of women they initially agreed to release because the Nigerian Government had demanded that they include those with life threatening injuries,” Mr Mamu was quoted as saying.

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The first person to regain freedom after the attack was the managing director of Bank of Agriculture, Alwan Hassan, who was released on April 6 after his family paid a whopping N100m ransom.

The second person to regain freedom was a pregnant captive, Thamina Mahmood, who was released on compassionate grounds on May 14.

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