Train Bombing:  Survivor Recount Ordeal

The ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train

Nigeria is in mourning following the Monday night bombing of the Kaduna-bound train by hundreds of terrorists.

The train was forced to a halt after the terrorists planted bombs on the tracks. Witnesses said the attackers later surrounded most of the coaches and opened fire before they forcefully gained access, fired at random, which led to the death of some people including a medical doctor, several injured  while dozens were abducted.

Many passengers who escaped by the whiskers narrated their experiences, which they prayed never to witness again.

One of them, who identified himself as Sani Carpenter, said he escaped from the terrorists hours after he and several others were kidnapped.

He said he hid in the forest and waited for security agents who accompanied the Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector General of Police to reveal himself.

Narrating his ordeal, he said, “The terrorists took me along with other passengers when they attacked the train in their large numbers, but as they were taking us into the bush, I managed to run away. They took many people away but I escaped through the darkness into the bush. While I was roaming in the bush, I saw security agencies that came this morning (Tuesday) to the scene so they picked me.”

He was visibly shaken as he was taken away in a police vehicle.

The driver of the train also identified as Sani and many others are still missing hours after the attack.


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