On Monday, a Kaduna-bound train was attacked by unidentified gunmen, forcing the locomotive to stop and over 900 passengers on board to be apprehended.
According to reports, the suspected terrorists detonated an explosive device on the railtrack between the stations of Katari and Rijana.
According to one of the passengers who confirmed the incident to a national daily, the attackers also surrounded the train and shot sporadically after it was demobilized.
The attack on Monday comes less than two weeks after residents of communities along the corridor met with railway operators, not to mention the federal government’s deployment of six surveillance vehicles along the same corridor.
The managing director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Fidet Okhiria has confirmed the incident to a television but says he is still gathering details on the incident.