Train Attack: Families of abducted passengers protest

It has been learned that an expectant mother and her husband, a couple and two sisters are among those being held by terrorists who attacked an Abuja-Kaduna train last week.

Aliyu Mahmud who is a relative of the seven-month pregnant woman was among the victims’ families who staged a peaceful protest at the Radio House in Abuja yesterday.

Recall that terrorists had on March 28, blew up rail tracks on the Abuja-Kaduna route, killing eight passengers and injuring 41. Many others were abducted.

From the abductees, Managing Director of the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) Alwan Ali-Hassan was freed on Wednesday.

The terrorists have threatened to kill the other hostages if the government does not do “what we want”.

Family members of the hostages are urging the Federal Government to double its efforts in rescuing their loved ones.

The Defence Headquarters yesterday assured Nigerians that it was working towards ending all forms of terrorism.

Mahmud said: “I have my sister who is seven months pregnant with her husband.

“Please, the government should do the needful and let this come to an end as soon as possible.”

Another protester, Aminu Uthman, said it had been some difficult ten days since his brother and wife were abducted.

Another relative, Hajia Idayat Yusuf, who said the families had received assurances that the victims would be rescued, pleaded for the release of her two sisters.

“We were told that the government was making a serious effort to rescue them.

“But we do not know the efforts of the security agencies. That is why we are here for the government to tell us the position of things.”



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