After 75 days in captivity, eleven of the abducted passengers from the attacked Abuja-Kaduna train were released on Saturday.
According to GLOBALNEWS, suspected militants exploded an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the train on March 28, causing it to derail a few minutes into the journey in Kaduna.
Eight persons were killed and 30 others were injured in the attack on March 28 at Dutse woodland in Kaduna State’s Chikun Local Government Area, while hundreds more passengers went missing.
Mallam Tukur Mamu, spokesman for Kaduna-based Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, confirmed the liberation of the eleven abducted victims, saying the hostages were liberated on Saturday afternoon in a forest and transported to Abuja.
The 11 victims were released on medical grounds, according to Mamu, in order for them to receive immediate medical treatment.
He went on to say that the male victims were released due to health concerns as a result of the negotiation team’s request, while the ladies who are among the most vulnerable were released as part of the abductors’ agreement.
Six females and five guys are among those who have regained their freedom and have been taken to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Jessy John, Amina Ba’aba Mohammed (Gamba), Rashida Yusuf Busari, and Hannah Ajewole are among those who have been released, according to Mamu.
Najib Mohammed Daiharu, Gaius Gambo, Hassan Aliyu, Peace A. Boy, and Danjuma Sa’idu are among the others.