Suspected bandits attacked a passenger train traveling from Abuja to Kaduna in northern Nigeria after trapping it, according to the state authorities.
Anas Iro Danmusa, a passenger, said via Facebook on Monday evening that criminals had hidden explosives on the train and were attempting to board it, and that gunfire could be heard outside.
The incident is yet to be claimed by any organisation, and numerous passengers have gone missing. There are no verified casualties.
“The military has secured the Kaduna-bound train from Abuja that was trapped by terrorists,” a Kaduna state government spokeswoman stated.
“Efforts to transport passengers from the scene are ongoing, and those who incurred injuries have been transported to hospitals for immediate medical assistance.”
This is Nigeria’s second railway attack since October as the country battles armed insurgents in the northeast and robbers in the center and northwest who have kidnapped hundreds for ransom, leaving the public afraid.
Following a series of kidnappings by armed bandits on Nigerian highways, some citizens have begun to travel by rail, particularly in the country’s northwest.
As part of steps to manage escalating unrest in the north, the government labeled the bandits as terrorists in January.
According to a Nigerian Railways Corp (NRC) official, the train was stopped approximately 25 kilometers (16 miles) from Kaduna when the attack occurred, and a family member was also detained on board.