Suspected bandits attack a passenger train in northern Nigeria | News

It is the second train attack since October in Nigeria, as bandits continue to wreak havoc in parts of the north.

Suspected bandits attacked a passenger train heading for the northern Nigerian town of Kaduna from the capital Abuja after trapping the train, the state government said.

On Monday evening, Anas Iro Danmusa, a passenger, posted on Facebook that bandits had planted explosives to stop the train and were trying to force their way on board, and gunshots were heard outside.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack and several passengers are missing. No casualties have been confirmed.

“The army secured the train bound for Kaduna from Abuja trapped by terrorists,” a Kaduna state government spokesman said. “Efforts are underway to transport passengers from the location and others who sustained injuries have been rushed to hospitals for emergency medical treatment.”

It is the second rail attack since October in Nigeria, which is battling armed rebels in the northeast and bandits who kidnapped hundreds for ransom in the center and northwest, leaving people terrified.

After several kidnappings by armed bandits on Nigerian highways, some people have started to travel by train, especially in the northwest of the country.

In January, the government labeled the bandits as terrorists, as part of measures to contain growing insecurity in the north.

The train was stopped about 25 km (16 miles) from Kaduna when the attack happened, a Nigerian Railways Corp (NRC) official said, adding that a relative of the family was also trapped on board .

The NRC announced on Tuesday that it was suspending operations on the route – one of the most popular in the country – until further notice.

Jose P. Rogers