- Abuja-Kaduna train operations have been suspended by the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC)
- This came on the heels of a bomb attack on a rail track by some gunmen on the night of Monday, March 28
- According to the NRC, further communication on the issue would be given to the public in due course
Following a deadly attack by gunmen on the night of Monday, March 28, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has suspended its Abuja-Kaduna train operations.
The NRC announced its decision in a brief statement on Twitter on Tuesday, March 29, via a tweet seen by The Cable.
The corporation said its suspension of operations on the route was necessitated by “unforeseen circumstances”.
The tweet read:
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“Dear passengers, due to unforeseen circumstances, train operations along the Abuja-Kaduna route have been temporarily suspended. Further Communication would be given in due course."
Tension as bandits bomb Kaduna-Abuja rail track, train carrying hundreds of passengers derailed
The 6pm train which took off from Idu train station at the Federal Capital Territory Monday hit an explosives device about 30 minutes to Rigasa train station in Kaduna.
Details were still sketchy at the time of filing this report. It was, however, gathered that security agents have been mobilised to the area to rescue the passengers.
A top security source in Kaduna was quoted to have said:
“There is no network in the area so we cannot get any information until the team we have dispatched returns.
BREAKING: Tension as bandits bomb Kaduna-Abuja rail track, train carrying hundreds of passengers derailed
“What we know is that suspected IED’s were planted on the track and the train has derailed. We don’t know for sure if there is any injury or death."
It was also gathered that one of the hundreds of passengers on the train said the bandits bombed the train track with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which forced the train to derail.
Upon the stoppage of the train, the assailants were said to have begun to fire gunshots sporadically.
He added that the terrorists later forced their way into the train and kidnapped an unspecified number of people, with some others feared killed.