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Terrorists bomb Abuja – Kaduna railtracks forcing the train to a halt – READ Passengers account

Kaduna bound train with about 970 passengers on board attacked by terrorists. Multiple reports reaching NewsWireNGR late Monday, revealed there’s been an explosion and heavy gunfire as terrorists are said to have detonated bombs on the railtracks.

One of the passengers who confirmed the inciden said the attackers have surrounded the train, shooting sporadically another shared this post calling for help.

“There is bad network where we are at the moment”, Anas Danmusa wrote on facebook, he continued, “It is just luck I am able to type this. They are actually trying to force themselves inside the train”.

Kaduna Senator shehu sani wrote, “Villagers along AbujaKaduna road called to confirm hearing multiple gunshots and attack on the AbujaKaduna train by terrorists”.

The Senator continued, “We have been trying to call the numbers of passengers in the KadunaAbujatrain but it’s not connecting @Official_NRC“.

This is not the first time the train is being attacked, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) workers NewsWireNGR recalls, had condemned the October 20, 2021 attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train, describing it as an act of terrorism and not vandalism.

The workers, under the aegis of Nigeria Union of Railway Workers (NURW) and Senior Staff Association (SSA), NRC branch, expressed their concerns at a joint news conference in Lagos.

NURW President, Mr. Innocent Ajiji and President, SSA, NRC branch, Mr. Aliyu Mainasara, said the incident was premeditated.

Suspected bandits had attacked the Abuja-Kaduna bound train, forcing it to stop.

“This premeditated terrorist attack on our Abuja-Kaduna passenger-train, which was the first of its kind in Nigeria, is a terrorist attack on our collective sensibilities and conscience as a nation.

“It is also a brazen attack against humanity, which every Nigerian must rise against and condemn,” the workers said.

They also expressed worries over the safety mantra of the rail transport system in Nigeria.

“This is why the thematic preoccupation of our statement and position on this unfortunate incident is to ask some key questions.

“Was there any intelligence available to the relevant quarters and authorities about the attack on the Nigeria Railway train before it happened?

“If there was no intelligence, does that mean that the entire Nigeria’s security architecture were on holiday?

“If there was some intelligence available before the attack happened, what did the relevant agencies do with it?” they queried.

The union leaders urged the Federal Government and security agencies to come up with more result-achieving terrorist threat mitigation strategies that would make the recurrence of such attack on the train a huge impossibility.

They appealed that the outlook of the security agencies should be an aggressive, very proactive, comprehensive, can-do and must-do type of attitude.

The union also called on the Federal Government to strengthen workers’ benefits by embarking on individual insurance and also reviewing their salaries.

They argued that railway workers receive the lowest salary among the parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Transport.

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