Gunmen attacked a train traveling from Nigerian capital Abuja to Kaduna city on late March 28, killing at least eight people and abducting others.
According to officials, the gunmen detonated a bomb on the track and opened fire on March 28 night as the train was in between the towns of Katari and Rijana.
Kaduna State Security Commissioner Samuel Aruwan said in a statement that eight bodies were recovered while 26 people were injured in the attack, AFP News reported.
Passengers trapped on the train and others who escaped to nearby forests were evacuated on March 29 morning, a Kaduna government official said, as reported by The Guardian.
An unknown number of people were also abducted.
BBC News reported that the train was carrying 970 passengers at the time of the attack.
Some passengers said the attack continued for at least an hour before the army arrived to rescue them, The Guardian reported.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the blame has been placed on heavily armed criminal gangs known locally as bandits
Nigerian President Muhammadu Bahari described the attack as “dastardly terrorist” and directed a manhunt for the “terrorists to ensure they are all made to face justice for the heinous acts.”
Bahari also directed the rescue of all kidnapped passengers, increased surveillance on the Abuja-Kaduna line, and another route linking commercial capital Lagos with the southwestern city of Ibadar.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation temporarily suspended train operations along the Abuja-Kaduna route.
Transportation Minister Chibuike Amaechi visited the site of the attack and called for “effective monitoring of the rail tracks… to forestall attacks like this.”
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