Aftermath Of Abuja/Kaduna Rail Attack: Survivor, Fatima Shuaibu Reveales The Secret (Cries Out Her Shock)

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By Princely Onyenwe, Abuja

A survivor of the train attack which occurred early this week Fatima Shuaibu has spoken out about her ordeal while crying loud to the NIGERIAN government to improve the security intelligence on NIGERIAN inter and intra boarders roads and railways to avoid more attacks on citizens.

This came after several persons were slain and several others were kidnapped by terrorists during an assault between the settlements of Kateri and Rijana in Kaduna state.

There is no doubt the attack was well calculated and the train was prey to the Hoodlums who even after the bombing attack, kept shooting sporadically on fellow human beings and kidnapped many passengers onboard.

One of the survivors of the attack, Maimuna Ibrahim, who sustained a bullet wound in the thigh, spoke to media from her hospital bed and described the ordeal as terrible.

Maimuna said:

“We saw hell, I prayed and prayed and prayed, I went to a workshop in Abuja in the morning and I was on my way back to Kaduna that same day after the workshop,”

“I was shot on the thigh. But the bullet did not touch my bone. The bullet penetrated out of my thigh. Honestly, we suffered seriously, but thank God soldiers came and they really helped us,”

She revealed that after she had sustained a bullet wound in the thigh, she couldn’t walk so she had to be carried out by the soldiers:

“I was unable to walk, it was the soldiers who carried me on the back to the vehicle that brought us to the hospital. They were able to pass over the cliff, carrying us on their backs! Seriously, they tried because it was not easy climbing the cliff,”

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She added:

“The terrorists came, were moving about in the train, but they did not come to where I was seated. I was hit by the bullet through the window. They entered SP17. As they were shooting, the police security on the train asked us to lie down on the floor of the train so that the bullet will not get at us. Unfortunately before I could lie down the bullet hit me,”

“I saw the terrorists from the window. They were many, they were small boys of between the ages of 18 and 20. They appeared like Fulani. They wore turbans. They don’t look like Nigerians. They were shouting ALLAHAKUBAR.”

“They abducted some people, I saw them forcing people out of the train. They were beating them as they were taking them out of the train. They were shouting Allahuhakubar, Allahuhakubar as they shot sporadically”

One among the survivors, Fatima Shuaibu,

Amid tears and tension, another survivor, Fatima Shuaibu, speaking from her hospital bed revealed that her sister was killed by the attack.

“My sister, Zainab Awal, was shot on the stomach and she died.”

Shuaibu revealed that she had been seeing flashes of torch through her window and she had thought it was the locals around there, but when she heard a loud explosion, she knew something was amiss.

“I was seated by the window in the train. Suddenly I started seeing flashes of touch light, this was around 8pm. Then there was a loud bang as if something exploded. Then the train went off track as if was falling down. We started shouting and praying. As soon as the train stopped, we started hearing gunshots.

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The security personnel on the train announced that everybody should lie down on the floor of the train. They attacked the VIP couch, they abducted some people and took them to the bush, they shot other people

“They operated for about two hours or so before soldiers and Airforce arrived and they exchanged gunshots. The terrorists came with five buses and motorcycles. Those who were abducted were taken away in the Sharon buses

The terrorists were small boys of between 18 to 20 years. I saw them, they don’t look like Nigerians. The soldiers rescued us in the train. Those of us who were injured were evacuated from the train.

The military climbed the cliff with us and took us to the expressway where vehicles were brought to carry people, ABUJA/Kaduna train victim cried out.

This is indeed a provoking cry from Fatima Shuaibu who thanked God for her survival but still crying deeply for the death of several passengers on board same train with her. Most especially her blood sister who she said was shoot at a close range and she died instantly.

Our source told us that these groups of Hoodlums have been on similar attacks on several times both along the roads and railways while the Government are sitting on the fence watching the blood of innocent citizens wasted.

As your read please make a comment on what best you think can be done to improve security intelligence across the states of the Federation. The attack ranges from Bokoharam to terrorists, from terrorists to Kidnappers, from Kidnappers to Unknown Gunmen to Yahoo+ and to the hoodlums. This indeed is setting the country backwards and breeding tension.

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