Breaking: NRC suspends Abuja-Kaduna train service as death toll rises to seven


The Nigerian Railway Corporation has suspended the Abuja-Kaduna train service following the killing of seven persons onboard the train by terrorists on Monday.

Terrorists had on Monday night detonated bombs on the Railtrack of Abuja-Kaduna train, successfully immobilised it, gained entrance and killed seven persons while scores were abducted.

The attack occurred at a point between Katari and Rijana.

One of the passengers who confirmed the incident in a telephone call said the attackers have surrounded the train, shooting sporadically.

“All the passengers are currently lying on the floor of the train. The bandits are shooting sporadically. We are in serious danger,” said one of the panic-stricken passengers.

At least 970 passengers were on board the train, according to official sources familiar with the train service at the time of the attack.

The NRC in a terse message to passengers said it has suspended the service temporarily, adding that passengers will be communicated about the resumption of services in due course.