One week after kaduna train attack, NRC says 168 passengers still unaccounted for


One week after terrorists attacked a train in Kaduna State, officials of the Nigerian Railway Corporation have said 168 of the total 362 passengers are yet to be accounted for.

The Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria, also revealed that 14 of the 21 passengers abducted on board Ak9 train on the standard gauge rail from Kaduna to Abuja were found alive and safe.

 The NRC in a statement said its manifest showed that there were 362 passengers on board the train. Of this number, 186 have been declared safe.

The agency further revealed that this figure leaves a total of 176 passengers unaccounted for including the 22 declared missing by their families, and the eight who have been declared dead.

The statement reads in part:

‘No fewer than 186 persons on the manifest are confirmed to be safe and at their various homes with additional 14 persons confirmed safe today,’.

‘Also, 51 phone numbers on the manifest are either switched off or not reachable since Tuesday morning. A total of 35 phone numbers on the manifest are ringing but no response from the other end.

‘Another 60 phone numbers on the manifest when called respond non-existent. A total of 22 persons are reported missing by their relatives while eight persons were confirmed dead.

‘Two coaches (SP 00016 and SP 00017) earlier re-railed were safely moved to Rigasa station, bringing the total number of recovered coaches safely moved to NRC stations to seven,’ Okhiria said.

It is however not yet clear if all the 168 were kidnapped by the attackers or have just not been accounted for one week after the incident.

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