On March 28, several media outlets reported that some terrorists bombed a part of the Abuja-Kaduna rail line and kidnapped about 62 passengers. A new update has revealed now that the kidnappers are threatening to kill the abducted Abuja-Kaduna train passengers. The terrorists are making demands from the Federal Government and threatening to kill the passengers if their requests aren’t met in 7 days.
Terrorists are threatening to kill abducted Abuja-Kaduna train passengers if the govt doesn’t meet their demand
According to press reports, some of the children of the terrorists are allegedly being held in a detention facility in Yola by the Federal govt. The release of these children seems to be the demand of the terrorists. Similarly, they are also offering to release the abducted train passengers in exchange for the release of their own top commander as well. This information was revealed by a popular Nigerian news outlet, The Nations. The media house reported that the terrorists contacted Sheikh Ahmad Gumi’s spokesperson via the telephone. During the conversations, they threatened to consistently attack the Abuja-Kaduna rail line and Kaduna-Abuja highway if soldiers attack their hideout.
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It should be recalled that the federal government recently announced that it will resume operations of the Abuja-Kaduna rail service. Unfortunately, the decision was reversed following new threats by the terrorists that attacked the rail line. As of today, the Abuja-Kaduna train service is said to have been suspended till further notice. It is however not clear whether the federal government will yield to the requests of the terrorists in releasing the abducted train passengers. Press reports have however confirmed that the terrorists assured that the kidnapped passengers are kept in a safe place for now.