Suspected bandits attack passenger train in Nigeria

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“The army secured the train bound for Kaduna from Abuja trapped by terrorists,” the Kaduna state government spokesman said.

Some people have chosen to travel by train after several kidnappings by armed bandits on Nigerian highways, especially in the northwest of the country. (TRTWorld)

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

A passenger, Anas Iro Danmusa, posted on Facebook that bandits had planted explosives that stopped the train on Monday.

He said bandits were trying to force themselves inside the train and shots were being fired outside the train.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack and 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 other injured people have been rushed to hospitals for emergency medical treatment.”

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Militant insurgency

The train was stopped about 25 kilometers from Kaduna when the attack happened, a Nigerian Railways Corp (NRC) official said, adding that a relative of the family was also trapped on the service at Kaduna destination.

It is the second train attack since October in Nigeria, which faces an insurgency by militants and armed bandits who have kidnapped hundreds of students, travelers and villagers for ransom, leaving the population terrified.

Some people have chosen to travel by train after several kidnappings by armed bandits on Nigerian highways, especially in the northwest of the country.

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Source: Reuters

Jose P. Rogers