Following an attack on the Kaduna-Abuja train by suspected terrorists, Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna commissioner for internal security and home affairs, has stated that the evacuation of those trapped has been concluded by security forces, officials of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Nigerian Red Cross.
“Passengers who sustained injuries, and other fatalities, have been moved to hospitals, he said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the state would bear the cost of treatment.
According to the commissioner, the Kaduna government was still liaising with the Nigerian Railway Corporation to compile a list of passengers on the train to guarantee that everyone was accounted for.
The Monday 6 p.m. train, which departed from Idu Station in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and was bound for Rigasa train station in Kaduna, was hit by explosives around 30 minutes before its destination.
This comes just days after an attack on Kaduna International Airport.
Reports say after an explosive device detonated; the train was believed to have derailed.
In an earlier statement, Aruwan said security agencies had secured the Kaduna-bound train.
Mr Fidet Okhiria, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday night that “there were reports of gunshots and the train derailed due to the incident.”
According to a notification on the NRC booking portal, train operations on the Abuja-Kaduna route have been suspended.
The NRC also made the announcement via its Twitter handle.
Train services were also suspended in October 2021 after 2 security incidents on the same route.
The train has allowed travellers to avoid the risks connected with travelling by car, such as violent attacks and commuter abductions.
Writing by Saadatu Albashir; Editing by Dan Adejo