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Nigeria Railway suspends Abuja-Kaduna train operations after terrorists attack

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The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has suspended train services on the Abuja-Kaduna route following allegations that a part of the train track was bombed by bandits.

Officials of the corporation confirmed on Thursday that services on the route had been halted but stated that investigations were ongoing to determine if the facility was actually bombed as widely speculated.

A former Senator from Kaduna State, Shehu Sani, posted on his verified Twitter handle that bandits attacked a train on the route on Wednesday.

“Yesternight (Wednesday), bandits attacked the Kaduna-Abuja train. They planted an explosive that damaged the rail track and shattered the windshield of the train engine.

“They also opened fire, targeting the driver and the Tank. It happened between Dutse and Rijana stations. The driver struggled to move towards Kaduna Rigasa station.

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“This early morning (Thursday), I was on board when our train ran over another explosive damaged railing. The train nearly skids off its track, then we miraculously escaped.

“All Kaduna Abuja train operations need to be suspended for today until this issue is addressed,” Shehu wrote on his social media platform, which was LAO widely circulated on Whatsapp.

Reacting to the development, an official at the Abuja-Kaduna train services, who begged not to be named, said: ” The attack happened last night and we suspended the operations this morning till further notice.

“People who have been coming to book their tickets have been turned down because of the incidence.

“We have also stopped online sales of tickets pending the repairs of the affected portion of the tracks.”

However, a source at the Nigeria Railway Corporation said she was not aware of the development.

The Abuja/Kaduna Train Service Station Manager, Paschal Nnorli, confirmed That there was an attack on the train, but could not tell if it was with an explosive.

“Yes, there was an attack, but right now I cannot confirm if it was an explosive or bomb attack as people are saying,” he said.

Nnorli added, “Investigations are ongoing and I’ll give you updates as they come in. Out engineers have been mobilised to the area. And right now we have suspended services.”

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