Bombed Train: Terrorists contact families of abducted hostages

Terrorists, who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train on Monday, have broken their silence, telling families of the abducted to prepare to pay for their feeding and meet ransom demands.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), had said 362 passengers were on board the ill-fated train when terrorists attacked, killing eight, injuring 26 and abducting unspecified number of passengers.

Musa Abilewa, one of the victims’ family, disclosed to DAILY POST on Thursday, that he received a phone call on Wednesday evening from the terrorists.

“He confirmed that his abducted brother is fine, but he was told to prepare for ransom.

“I spoke with one of the bandits, who said my brother was fine. He said I should be ready to pay for feeding my brother since he was kidnapped.

“They called me while about to be discharged from hospital bed early morning on Wednesday. I spoke with my sister too, who said I should try all I could, to pay, if they demand ransom.

“Though I did not speak with my mother, my sister assured me she is fine”, he said.

Another family member, Yahaya Abdul, also said the bandits called him and told him his brother was fine and that he should expect their call.

ALLNEWS NIGERIA reports that the Kaduna-bound train was on Monday night attacked by terrorists.

The attack came a few days after the terrorists attacked the Kaduna International Airport, where an aircraft was prevented from taking off.

The 6pm train, which took off from Idu Train Station at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), reportedly hit  explosive device about 30 minutes to Rigasa train station in Kaduna.

Eight passengers including  Trade Union Congress (TUC) Secretary-General Musa Ozigi-Lawal, TUC Kwara State chapter Chairman Akin Akinsola, National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) director at Kaduna office, Abdul Isa Kofar-Mata and a dentist Dr Chinelo Nwando were confirmed killed and 41 others, injured.

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