At least eight persons have been confirmed dead in the ill-fated terrorist train attack on the Kaduna bound train from Abuja on Monday night.
In a manifest released by the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), out of the 398 passengers that bought tickets, 362 were validated excluding NRC workers and security officials on board the train, adding that several passengers could not be accounted for.
The 6 pm train to Kaduna from Abuja was intercepted by terrorists aged between 18 and 22, who were reported to have placed an Improvised Explosive Device on the tracks around Dutse inwards the Rigasa Train Station forcing the train to derail.
The victim’s testimonies revealed that the terrorists shot at the coaches profusely, then dragged some of the passengers out into waiting buses and drove into the bush before the arrival of security personnel over an hour later.
Despite reports suggesting as many as 41 individuals being injured, 28 are currently hospitalised while several others are missing.
Among those confirmed dead was a dentist, Chinelo Megafu-Nwando, reported to have resigned from her work as she was to emigrate to another country on Friday.
Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack Manifest Released
The Director of the National Board for Technical Education, Abdul Kofarmata; the TUC General Secretary, Musa-Lawal Ozigi and the Kwara State Chairman of the Trade Union Congress, Akinsola Akinwunmi were also some of the dead casualties of the attack.
Some of the unaccounted passengers on the train at the time of reporting included the Managing Director of the Bank of Agriculture (BoA), Alwan Hassan, the former Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Ibrahim Wakkala, who was said to have been abducted, shot but later set free.
A source at the BoA disclosed that Hassan boarded the Abuja-Kaduna train, and since the attack, all efforts to reach him had not been successful.
“What you heard is true, we have not been able to reach him and no one has called us about him. It is a harrowing moment for his family and friends right now,” the source stated.
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, stated that investigations were still ongoing to ascertain the numbers of passengers on board the train and remain unaccounted for.
Aruwan said, “The Kaduna State Government has received from the NRC the detailed passenger manifest for the Abuja-Kaduna train service AK9, which was attacked by terrorists on Monday.
“According to the documents received, 398 passengers bought tickets for the trip, but 362 were validated as having boarded the train through the recognised turnstile. The passenger manifest does not include NRC staff and security officials, who were on board.
“Furthermore, security agencies have reported that eight bodies were recovered and 26 persons were injured during the attack. Investigations are still ongoing to ascertain the status of the passengers, who were on board the train and remain unaccounted for at the time of this update. Search operations are also being sustained.”