Report says that the windows of Coach SP12 attached to the train were shattered. As yet to be identified bandits on Thursday attacked an Abuja-bound train near Katari village in the Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The train, which left the Rigasa Train Station, was attacked at Katari, a few kilometres to Abuja at 10am. And a passenger who witnessed the incident said “There was panic everywhere among the passengers. It was something that nobody could explain as no life was lost during the incident. But we trust in God that something would be done by security operatives to curtail this unfortunate incident,”
The Kaduna State Police Command has debunked the claims that “Coach SP 12 attached to the train from Kaduna was shattered by gunshots.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Yakubu Abubakar, said the command was not informed of any attack.
He said the management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation had not reported such incident to them.
“When contacted the management of the railway station, said the story was baseless,” he said attack was not done by gunmen as no gunshot was fired at any of its coaches.
The Managing Director, NRC, Fidet Okhiria, stated that one of its the coaches on Thursday morning of the Abuja bound train was pelted with stones by unidentified boys in Kaduna, adding that the security personnel on the train debunked claims of gunshot.
He said, “It is not an attack by gunmen, rather some boys threw stones and it hit one of the coaches.”
When told that some passengers claimed that one of the coaches received gunshots, he debunked their claims “There was no gunshot at any of our coaches this morning. If it were gunshots, the glasses would have been shattered and it might lead to a derailment. We are still running our trains as scheduled. If there was a gunshot or something like that we would have stopped.”