Abuja-Kaduna train attack: Islamic group reacts, makes demand

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged Nigerians to unite against terrorists, bandits and saboteurs.

MURIC said this while reacting to the latest bandits’ attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by its director and founder, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the Islamic group urged security agencies to be more proactive amid the latest bandits’ attack.

It was gathered that the bandits detonated a bomb on the rail track of the Abuja-Kaduna train and successfully immobilized it at a point between Katari and Rijana.

It was also gathered that the bandits surrounded the train, shooting sporadically.

The terrorists also kidnapped many passengers, while some others were injured during the incident.

“Bandits attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train yesterday Monday, 28th March 2022. The attack led to the killing and abduction of some passengers. We strongly condemn this attack. It was mindless, vicious, brutal and barbaric. This is also major evidence of the extent to which unscrupulous elements can sabotage the good efforts of the government to provide comfort for the citizens,” MURIC’s statement read in part.

“With hindsight, the latest attack may not have been too surprising, particularly with the ominous signs presented by previous activities of bandits in the zone. It is obvious that Kaduna Airport was attacked last week because the bandits had become desperate since they could not find enough victims on the roads.

“Our security agencies should be more proactive. Intelligence Transport Systems (ITS) should be used in all our transportation networks starting with the modern railway line and critical national routes of our roads. They should all be linked with control rooms of the security agencies.

“We call on Nigerians to look beyond this mindless attack. It’s the work of saboteurs, rebellious subjects and enemies of peace. Rather, we must unite against those who seek to destroy our fragile civilization and our nascent democracy.”

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