Train Bomb Attack; Number of dead passengers revealed

Train Bomb Attack; Number of dead passengers revealed by NRC

No fewer than seven persons reportedly died in the Monday night attack by terrorists on the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train.

According to the Nigerian Tribune newspaper, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Engineer Fidet Okhiria, made this known in an interview at the Lagos train port on Monday.

He said he would be departing Lagos for Abuja to assess the scene of the attack and its current situation.

“What we have been told for now is that seven people are dead. I am however at the airport in Lagos right now. I have to get there to monitor developments myself,” he said.

Based on the need to forestall further attack at the station, the NRC had earlier in the day announced suspension of the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train services over the late night attack by terrorists.

In a message posted on its booking website and social media handles in the early hours of Tuesday, the NRC said it was suspending the service for the safety of travellers.

The corporation however, said it was working to restore the service, and would inform the public when the train will start running again.

It will be recalled that terrorists on Monday night bombed and successfully immobilised the 970 passenger-filled Abuja-Kaduna train.

It was gathered that the terrorists planted explosives on the rail tracks and bombed the train just before Rijana, a community along the rail line in Kaduna notorious for kidnapping and other security breaches.

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