Terrorists release five more abducted Kaduna train attack victims

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Some of the kidnapped train victims.

Five hostages who were taken on March 28 aboard an Abuja-Kaduna train have been freed by terrorists. The security agencies and the Federal Government are yet to confirm the development, but a member of the negotiating team, Tukur Mamu said that the victims were released on Tuesday, August 2nd.

He gave the names of the five released hostages as Names of the five victims as Professor Mustapha Umar Imam, who is medical at Usman Dan Fodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Akibu Lawal, Abubakar Ahmed Rufai Mukthar Shu’aibu and Sidi Aminu Sharif.

Mamu who said that he played a prominent role in the release of the train victims, stated he has backed out due to threats to his life, personal integrity and lack of support from the Federal Government. So far, 27 victims have regained their freedom. With the release of the five victims, the number of those still in captivity now remains at 35.

It is however not clear if any money was paid to the terrorists to release their abducted victims.

Gunmen had on March 28 blown up the rail track, killing some and abducting scores of passengers, a situation that called for serious concern about the safety of the nation’s trains.

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