The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) on Thursday confirmed that the rail tracks for the Kaduna-Abuja train services were on Wednesday evening blown up by explosives planted on the tracks by yet to be identified persons.
The NRC said the development forced it to stop services on the Abuja-Kaduna route.
The Managing Director of NRC, First Okhiria, confirmed this to journalists, adding that investigations were ongoing to determine if the facility was actually bombed as widely speculated.
Okhiria said said that the explosives damaged the rail tracks somewhere between Dutse and Rijana.
“Yes, there was an explosive on our rail track somewhere around Rijana and Dutse last night, and this damaged the tracks.
“Efforts are currently ongoing to ensure that the train services along the Kaduna-Abuja route are fully restored,” he said.
When asked if there were gunshots aimed at the train driver and the tank of the train, the NRC MD: “There was nothing like that. Only an explosive that went up on the track.”
“Are you aware that we even ran a train service this morning? There was nothing like shooting of the train by bandits. Efforts are currently ongoing to ensure full train services are restored along that route,” Okhiria.
A former Senator from Kaduna State, Shehu Sani, hasd posted on his verified Twitter handle that bandits attacked a train on the route on Wednesday.
“Yesterday (Wednesday) terrorists attacked the Kaduna-Abuja railway with an explosive and opened fire on the train, targeting the engine driver and the tank.
“This (Thursday) morning, I was onboard when our train ran over another explosive damaged rail,” he said.