NRC halts Abuja-Kaduna train service over alleged terrorist attack

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has suspended its services on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line following a deadly attack on one of its trains by bandits. 

The corporation announced the suspension on Thursday, October 21, 2021 shortly after a former senator, Shehu Sani, said a train he boarded broke down after running over an explosive. 

In a statement by the NRC obtained by SaharaReporters, the management said “The board and management wish to inform the general public that there was an explosion on the rail track that affected the fuel tank of the Locomotive on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line (AK10) of October 20. However the situation has been brought under control.” 
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, train services have been immediately suspended for the safety of our dear passengers. Efforts are in place to restore service,” 

Sani, a former senator representing Kaduna Central, had raised the alarm, saying the attack caused by the explosive damaged the rail track during a trip on Thursday morning, and that passengers only escaped miraculously. 

He also reported that “terrorists” attacked the railway with an explosive and opened fire on the train on Wednesday, October 20.