The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya on Tuesday visited the scene of the Kaduna – Abuja train attack even as he directed troops to leave no stone unturned in hunting down the terrorists responsible for bombing the rail track.
It was gathered that no fewer than seven persons have been confirmed dead, following terrorists’ bomb attack on an Abuja-Ibadan route train on Monday.
Sources close to the Rigasa Train Station in Kaduna said that seven passengers were killed during the attack, with some missing, while the attackers left with many.
The attack as gathered occurred around the Kateri-Rijana area of Kaduna. The train was said to have nearly reached Rigasa, it’s final stop.
The gunmen were said to have blown up the rail track after which they launched an attack on the passengers.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
The army chief, who was escorted by some principal staff officers of the Army Headquarters and the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, on arrival at the scene, evaluated the security situation around the general area of the attack and examined the attacked train, as well as the rail track to evaluate the degree of damage.
He said “He ordered the troops of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to intensify their search and rescue operations to ensure that the kidnapped victims were rescued unconditionally.
The COAS has also assured Nigerians that the troops would be undeterred and vehement in the fight against banditry and other forms of criminality.
He urged members of the surrounding communities and all Nigerians to continue to avail troops with credible information to enhance their operations across the country.
Yahaya observed that the attack reverberates the need for critical stakeholders to review the security of railways across the country in order to achieve the desired security architecture for railway transportation”.
COAS ordered the troops of the NA and other security agencies to intensify their search and rescue operations to ensure that the kidnapped victims are rescued unconditionally.
The COAS has also assured Nigerians that the troops will be undeterred and vehement in the fight against banditry and other forms of criminality.