By Mohammed Tijjani/Lucy Ogalue
Kaduna, March. 28, 2022
Kaduna State Government said the military had rescued the Kaduna-bound train passengers trapped by terrorists Monday night.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, the government said information about the rescue mission was conveyed to it by security operatives.
Aruwan said the government received multiple reports of an attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train service around Kateri-Rijana area.
He said that upon receipt of the report, relevant agencies were contacted, and personnel were deployed to the area to secure the passengers on board.
According to him, efforts are ongoing to move injured passengers to hospitals for urgent medical attention.
The Commissioner said, Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i, who had been in constant touch with security forces, commended them for their prompt response.
The terrorists had, on Monday night, attacked the Kaduna-bound train, few kilometers to Kaduna metropolis.
An authoritative source who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on condition of anonymity, said the train departed Abuja 6pm, and was expected to arrive Kaduna 8pm.
The source further revealed that the train was attacked at about 7.45pm but did not give details of the attack.
Mr Fidet Okhiria, the Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), confirmed the attack to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
”We have confirmed the attack, but we cannot give you much information right now.
”From the reports we have gotten, most of the passengers have gone into hiding and the officials on board are yet to give us report of the situation.
”There are reports of gunshots and the train derailed due to the attack,” Okhiria said.
NAN gathered that the incident happened between Katari and Rijana train stations, en route Kaduna from Abuja.