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Train attack: Terrorists release picture of baby born in captivity

Terrorists have released the photograph of a new-born baby girl delivered by a woman abducted during the March 28 attack on an Abuja-Kaduna-bound train.

NEWSWATCHplus gathered that the terrorist group suspected to be Ansaru, a breakaway group from Boko Haram, released the picture of the new baby on Wednesday night.

There were reports on Tuesday that one of the two pregnant women among the abudctees during the attack by the terrorists had been delivered of her baby.

The state of the other pregnant woman has not yet been revealed by the abductors.

The terrorists, who attacked and abducted the passengers, had earlier this week released four different pictures of about 62 victims, with the group allegedly insisting that they were not after a ransom, but an exchange of the abducted passengers with their commanders, who were in government custody.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had at a recent media briefing revealed that the federal government was working behind the scenes to secure the release of all the hostages currently languishing in captivity.

Nine persons, including a young medical doctor, were killed during the attack, with scores injured and over 60 passengers kidnapped.

According to reliable sources said the terrorists appeared organised and coordinated because of the way they were able to get medical supplies into the forest, a development they described as still shocking to both government and security operatives.

A former military governor of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Umar (rtd.) on Wednesday appealed to the federal government to do more to secure the release of victims of the Kaduna train abduction. In a statement issued in Kaduna, Umar had said the pictures of the victims, which trended on the social media, was disturbing. He appealed to the international community, especially the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to assist in the negotiations with the terrorists to secure the release of the victims. He prayed to God to touch the hearts of the kidnappers to show mercy on their innocent and vulnerable victims.

Umar had stated, “The pictures, to say the least, are most disturbing, particularly as they show exhausted and frightened women and children under the most harrowing conditions.

“I appeal to the federal government to do more to secure the immediate release of these innocent victims.

“I also appeal to the international community, particularly the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to assist in the negotiations which will be needed to effect that release.

“May God touch the hearts of the kidnappers to show mercy on these innocent and vulnerable victims. Amen.”

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