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Kaduna train attack: Bandits release a victim

Bandits, who attacked the Abuja- Kaduna train, have reportedly released one of their victims — a pregnant woman.

The bandits had, on March 28, attacked the train in the Kateri-Rijana area of Kaduna after bombing the rail tracks.

Following the incident, the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, confirmed 21 people as missing.

According to report, the woman was released on compassionate grounds.

The woman, clad in a black Abaya and with a face mask on, called on the federal government to negotiate with the bandits and secure the release of the other abductees.

She said the victims are not being maltreatment and that the bandits are feeding them “well”.

“I call on the government to have mercy on these people the way they have mercy on us,” the woman said in Hausa,” she said in a viral video.

The government should consider the plight of people in captivity and listen to their demands. Government should negotiate with them peacefully and accede to their demands.

“So that those still with them can be released the way I was peacefully released and reunited with my family and loved ones.

“Government should help negotiate peacefully with them.”

The pregnant woman is the third abductee to be released by the bandits.

Alwan Hassan, acting-managing director of the Bank of Agriculture (BOA), was the first to be released.

The bandits had said he was freed because of “his old age”.

Sadique, son of Ango Abdullahi, convener of the Northern Elders Forum, NEF , was also released, as another pregnant woman delivered a baby in the kidnappers’ den.

Cable/Taiwo Akinola

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