Security forces, officials of Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Nigerian Red Cross have completed the evacuation of passengers trapped in the Abuja-Kaduna train, which came under terrorist attack Monday evening around Katari and Rijana axis.
The 1000 capacity train, which was reported to have about 970 passengers on board the 6:30 pm schedule took off from Idu in Abuja to Rigasa, Kaduna.
The Kaduna State Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement on Tuesday morning, explained that the passengers, who sustained injuries, and other fatalities had been moved to hospitals for immediate treatment.
Aruwan further explained that the passengers were evacuated from different hard-to-reach areas in forests and rocky locations in Audujongom, off the Kaduna-Abuja Road.
He emphasized that the Kaduna State Government was still liaising with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to get the list from the passengers’ manifest for efficient tracking.
The statement noted that Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who commended all those who participated in the evacuation, appealed to the hospitals to attend to the victims diligently.