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VP Osinbajo, El-Rufai visit victims of train attack

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Kaduna Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, have visited victims of the train attack receiving treatment at the Nigerian Army reference hospital in Kaduna.

Accompanied by Governor Nasiru Elrufai and his Deputy, Dr Hadiza Balarabe and other government officials, the Vice president also visited St. Gerald Catholic Hospital, Kakuri where other victims are being treated.

Donors needed

Blood donors were needed at the hospital; to treat the victims, according to a Twitter handle, @Kaduna Fact, whose followers include Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

The Abuja-Kaduna train was assaulted Monday night near Rijana, about 30 minutes away from its destination, by suspected terrorists.

Authorities said people died and that many were injured, but no figures have been released.

According to media reports, many others were abducted when the gunmen boarded the train.

Brahim Wakkala, a former deputy governor of Zamfara state, sustained gunshot wounds during his rescue by the military and the Department of State Services (DSS), Channels TV said, citing his aide, Yusuf Idris.

Yusuf stated that he was initially abducted and sustained a gunshot wound during his rescue.

According to several family members, they are still clueless about the whereabouts of the relatives who were on board the train.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday at the Rigasa Railway station in Kaduna that they had not been contacted 14 hours after the incident.

A Nigerian Railway Corporation employee who was also on board the ill-fated train told NAN that some passengers escaped into the woods for protection as the incident occurred.

No one knows whether passengers were kidnapped or not, but the mayhem must have prompted a large number of people to flee into the bush for their lives, added the staff member, who requested anonymity.

However, on a Tuesday afternoon visit to the area of the attack, Chief of Army Staff Lt General Faruk Yahaya directed forces to strengthen search and rescue operations to ensure that kidnapped victims were unconditionally rescued.

Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Army’s spokesperson, said in a statement that the Army Chief evaluated the security situation in the general area of the incident and inspected the extent of the train’s damage.

According to the statement, Lt General Yahaya stated that the attack underscores the importance of essential stakeholders conducting a review of railway security.

In the meantime, the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu cancelled the 13th Colloquium held annually to mark his birthday over the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.

Announcing the cancellation of the event at the Victoria Island venue, where people had converged, Asiwaju Tinubu described the attack as a national tragedy which he said called for sober reflection.

Writing by Saadatu Albashir, Aminu Dalhatu and Omolara Omosanya