By GARBA MUHAMMAD
KADUNA- Kaduna State Government has said that eight bodies of victims of Monday terrorist attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train service AK9 have been recovered.
This is as the state government has received from the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), the detailed passenger manifest for the attacked train service.
According to the documents received, 398 passengers bought tickets for the trip, but 362 were validated as having boarded the train through the recognized turnstile.
A statement Tuesday night by Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, however explained that the passenger manifest does not include NRC staff and security officials who were on board.
He said security agencies have also reported that eight bodies were recovered and 26 persons were injured during the attack.
“Investigations are still ongoing to ascertain the status of the passengers who were on board the train and remain unaccounted for at the time of this update. Search operations are also being sustained.
“Citizens are requested to contact the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency on the phone line 09088923398, to make enquiries or provide information regarding passengers who were on board the Abuja-Kaduna train AK9,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the list of victims shot and injured by the attackers showcases the names of 16 victims. They include Haruna Muhammed; Mohammed Modibo; Ibrahim Wakala; Yakubu Nuhu; Abdulahi Yahaya; Ismail Saidu; Abdumalik Rasheedat; Umar Mohammed.
Others on the list are: Hadiza Umar; Musa Ishawan; Aisha Yusuf; Mohammed Ameen; Abubakar Hauwau; Aliyu Sulaiman; Olaosebikan Bilikisu, and Mrs Leola Abdulbasit.
Sundiata Post recalls that Lawal Ozigi, Secretary-General of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Dr Chinelo Megafu, a young medical doctor were among the victims earlier identified. (Additional reports by Sun)