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Many Passengers Abducted From Edo Train Station By Suspected Herdsmen

The Edo State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of scores of passengers waiting to board a train from the Igueben station in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State to Warri in Delta State by suspected herdsmen on Saturday evening.

Many of the travellers were also reportedly injured.

A statement by the Edo Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor said the incident happened around four in the evening when the abductors, armed with AK 47, invaded the train station and started shooting sporadically into the air before taking scores of intending travellers into the bush.

The statement added that many of the passengers sustained bullet wounds.

The statement read, “This is to inform the gentlemen of the press that today, 7th of January, 2023 at about 1600hrs, unspecified number of herdsmen armed with AK 47 riffles attacked the train station at Igueben, Edo State and kidnapped unspecified number of passengers who were waiting to board the train to Warri.

“The kidnappers who shot sporadically into the air before kidnapping some passengers left some persons with bullet wounds. The Area Commander Irrua, DPO Igueben Division, and men have visited the scene of crime with members of the Edo State Security Network, local vigilantes, and hunters with a view to protecting the lives and property of the remaining passengers.

“Bush combing operations have commenced in order to rescue the victims and arrest the fleeing kidnappers. Further developments will be communicated”, Nwabuzor stated.

This comes barely one year after terrorists attacked a Kaduna-bound train from Abuja, at a place called Katari in Kaduna State,

The Abuja-Kaduna train attack resulted in the death of about 14 passengers, while 63 others were officially declared abducted.

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