terrorists bomb a train with 970 passengers on board

Suspected terrorists reportedly detonated bombs on the Abuja-Kaduna train tracks in Nigeria on Monday (March 28).

According to our sources, the attack occurred at a point between Katari and Rijana. The train that moved from Idu station in the Federal Capital Territory hit the explosive device about 30 minutes from Rigasa station in Kaduna.

One of the passengers who contacted a family member said the attackers surrounded the train and fired sporadically.

There are at least 970 passengers on board the train, according to official sources close to the train service. It was established that some of the 970 passengers on board could have been kidnapped by the attackers.

According to reports, security guards had been deployed to the scene of the attack.

A source told a Punchng.com correspondent that they (the terrorists) planted IEDs which derailed the train. There was pandemonium every time and some people might have been kidnapped. There was no confirmation from police at the time of filing this report.

However, the managing director of the Nigerian Railway Co-operation, Fidet Okhiria, confirmed the incident. Okhiria, however, told the News Agency of Nigeria that ” the information regarding the attack was still sketchy and that no concrete information could be given at this time”.

“We have confirmed the attack, but we cannot give you much information at this time. According to the reports we have received, most of the passengers have gone into hiding and officials on board have not yet given us a report on the situation. There are reports of gunfire and the train was derailed due to the attack”said Okhiria.

It comes days after terrorists attacked Kaduna International Airport where a plane was prevented from taking off.

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