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NIGERIA: MORE THAN 150 STILL MISSING AFTER PASSENGER TRAIN ATTACK

NIGERIA: MORE THAN 150 STILL MISSING AFTER PASSENGER TRAIN ATTACK
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Ekeomah Atuonwu

The whereabouts of 168 passengers are still unknown one week after gunmen attacked a train with explosives in northwestern Nigeria, according to the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).

On March 28, at least eight people were killed and many more were injured when gunmen detonated a bomb on the train tracks and opened fire on the train connecting Abuja with the northwestern city of Kaduna.

The NRC said in a statement late Sunday that 186 of the 362 passengers on board the train when it was attacked had been confirmed safe.

According to the NRC, eight of the remaining 176 passengers have been confirmed dead, leaving the whereabouts of the remaining 168 passengers unknown.

Photo of the damaged AK9 Abuja-Kaduna train /Google/

The March 28 attack is the region’s latest deadly assault blamed on heavily armed criminal gangs known locally as bandits.

The corporation stated that damaged tracks and coaches were being repaired, and that services between Abuja and Kaduna had been “temporarily suspended.”

Nigeria’s military has been conducting operations and air raids to clear these bandits from their hideouts in the forests of several states in the northwest. However, the violence has not stopped.

Security forces are also fighting a 12-year armed campaign in the northeast by Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) that has killed 40,000 people and displaced over two million more.

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