Passengers onboard the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) operated train on Abuja-Kaduna rail line have escaped death by whiskers after some unidentified gunmen attacked the travelers and allegedly used explosives during the onslaught.
As gathered, the gunmen attacked the train on Wednesday and Thursday (today) and that it took the supreme Being intervention for passengers to escape unhurt during the twin attack.
Confirming the development, the former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, said that he, alongside other travelers, escaped terrorist explosives while on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line.
Through a post on his social media page on Thursday, the senator said that when the terrorists opened fire on the train, they targeted the engine driver and the tank.
“Yesterday, terrorists attacked the Kaduna Abuja railway with an explosive and opened fire on the train, targeting the Engine Driver and the Tank. This morning, I was on board when our train ran over another explosive [and it] damaged [the] rail. It took a miracle for us to escape,” the post read.
He added that the incident happened between Dutse and Rijana stations, noting that the driver struggled to move towards Kaduna Rigasa station.
“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,” he argued.
But reacting to the incident, the Nigeria Railway Corporation said that operations on the rail line have been suspended indefinitely, and that the management have stopped issuing tickets to customers planning to travel the route.
The NRC management, through a statement on Thursday, said that there was explosion on the rail track that affected the fuel tank of the Locomotive on Abuja to Kaduna last train (AK10) of 20h October 2021
“However, the situation has been brought under control by a relieved Locomotive that rescued the train to Rigasa Station, Kaduna State. The affected Locomotive has been sent to the Workshop for assessment and repairs.
“We are also pleased to inform the Public that there were no reported casualties or injuries to either the passengers or Train crew. The NRC intends to resume train services soonest, after appropriate measures, checks and maintenance are carried out. The NRC Management apologizes for the, inconveniences experienced last night and for the non-operations of train services currently being
experienced as we work towards restoration of normal services,” the statement said.