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Abuja-Kaduna train attack: Bandits release 11 of the 62 passengers abducted

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Bandits who attacked the Kaduna-bound train from Abuja two months ago on Saturday released 11 of the 62 persons kidnapped.

Among those who regained their freedom are six females and five males who have now been flown to the federal capital, Abuja.

The spokesman of the Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, Tukur Mamu, who has been involved in the negotiation for the release of the victims disclosed that the abducted passengers were released on Saturday afternoon.

He said the victims were released on Saturday afternoon at a forest, and have been flown to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He further explained that the 11 victims were freed on health grounds in order to enable them to undergo urgent medical treatment.

Mamu listed those released as Jessy John, Amina Ba’aba Mohammed (Gamba), Rashida Yusuf Busari and  Hannah Ajewole. Others include  Najib Mohammed Daiharu,  Gaius Gambo , Hassan Aliyu, Peace A. Boy and Danjuma Sa’idu.

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Also, the chairman of the group of relatives of the abducted victims, Abdulfatai Jimoh said he had read the report and was expecting official confirmation from the government.

He, however, confirmed that Mamu had been involved in negotiation efforts for the release of the victims.

“I just read the report. We have not heard any official information from the government yet,” Jimoh said.

A total of 63 persons were abducted during the attack.

Among the abductees included was the acting managing director/chief executive officer of the Bank of Agriculture (BoA), Alwan Hassan who regained his freedom after nine days in captivity.

The attack which occurred on March 28 at Dutse forest in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State left eight people killed and 26 others injured while scores of passengers went missing.

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