Terrorists hit Kaduna station in new attack – Channels Television

A map showing Kaduna, a state in the North West region of Nigeria.

Terrorists attacked Gidan railway station along the Abuja-Kaduna railway line.

Sources say the terrorists may have planted IEDs on the tracks, forcing the train heading to Abuja from Kaduna to stop.

This is the second attack in 24 hours along the same axis.

At least seven people were killed when terrorists attacked a train in the village of Dutse on Monday.

Unconfirmed casualties

Monday’s incident happened around 7:45 p.m. in Dutse village in Chikun local government area, just a few kilometers from Rigasa station, which is the train’s last transit point.

Although the police and Kaduna state government have yet to confirm the number of casualties from the attack.

The bandits reportedly opened fire, shooting sporadically at the train, and then gained access to the train.

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According to sources, mobile policemen attached to the train engaged the bandits in a gun duel but were tactical in their shooting so as not to run out of ammunition given the bandits’ preparedness.

However, many, especially those in the first and second carriages, were reportedly taken away by the bandits, including a pregnant woman and her baby, while around six people were reportedly killed.

But an eyewitness who was also a passenger on the train told Channels Television that some people died while an unknown number of passengers were taken away by the bandits.

Giving an account of the incident, the source said the bandits placed improvised explosive devices along the railway line, and when the passenger train from Abuja to Kaduna arrived at this point, the bomb went off. twice, causing the train to derail.

“About an hour later soldiers were mobilized. That’s when soldiers were mobilized to the area about an hour later, and they were able to disperse the bandits, who also escaped with some of the hostages”.

Once calm was restored by the soldiers, the passengers walked approximately 45 kilometers under security cover to the Abuja-Kaduna highway, and from there they were transported in buses to the referral hospital in Nigerian Army 44 in the state capital of Kaduna, where those who sustained injuries were immediately treated.


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James H. Wright