Abuja-Kaduna rail tracks has been bombed, and a train with about 970 passengers onboard was attacked by suspected terrorists.
It was gathered that on Monday evening the Kaduna-bound train derailed after the explosive device planted by the terrorists went off underneath one of the coaches.
Anas Iro Danmusa, who claimed to be a passenger on the train, told the press that the attackers shot at the train and that passengers hid under the seats to avoid being hit by bullets.
“Villagers along Abuja-Kaduna road called to confirm hearing multiple gunshots and attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train by terrorists,” Shehu Sani, a former Nigerian senator from Kaduna State said on Twitter.
The passengers were later rescued by Nigerian troops, a Kaduna State official later said in a statement.
“Relevant action agencies were urgently contacted, and robust deployments of personnel were swiftly made to the area to secure the passengers on board,” Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said.
“Efforts are ongoing to convey the passengers from the location and others that sustained injuries have been rushed to hospitals for urgent medical attention.”
This attack is coming on the heels of the terrorist attack on a village close to the Kaduna International Airport where an aircraft was prevented from taking off on schedule.