Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack: Five more abducted passengers freed


Five more hostages of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack have regained their freedom on Tuesday.

The train was attacked on March 28, 2022, with several passengers killed while others sustained injuries.

The development comes days after a video of the abductees being flogged surfaced on social media.

It is however not clear if any money was paid to the terrorists to release their abducted victims.

Tukur Mamu, publisher of Desert Herald, who had been involved in negotiations for the release of the abductees, confirmed the development.

He gave the names of the five released hostages as Professor Mustapha Umar Imam, who is medical at Usman Dan Fodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Akibu Lawal, Abubakar Ahmed Rufai Mukthar Shu’aibu and Sidi Aminu Sharif.

Mamu, who said that he played a  prominent role in the release of the train victims, stated he has backed out due to threats to his life, personal integrity and lack of support from the Federal Government.

So far, 37 victims have regained their freedom. The number of those still in captivity now stands at 35.

Gunmen had on March 28 blown up the rail track, killing some and abducting scores of passengers, a situation that called for serious concern about the safety of the nation’s trains.

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