Train attack: What bandits are demanding cannot be granted
Negotiations between the Federal Government and the terrorists who attacked the Kaduna-Abuja train on March 28 appear to have halted as a result of the government’s refusal to comply with their demands.
Terrorists are holding roughly 100 passengers who were seized from a train that derailed after being bombed in Katari, Kaduna.
When gunmen stormed the train and seized the passengers, eight people were killed and 26 others were injured.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation reported that it was unable to contact 163 passengers and seven crew members who boarded the train.
According to reports, the attackers’ demand for the release of 16 of their commanders and sponsors in exchange for the abducted victims was rejected by the government.
Security sources claimed police were still negotiating with the terrorists while looking into alternative methods for rescuing the abductees, who were shown in a viral video sitting under a tree at an undisclosed location thought to be the bandits’ camp.
However, the federal government is not willing to pay ransom fees since such had been paid before with no result. The situation is deadlocked as we speak.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.