Survivors of the terrorist attack on an Abuja-Kaduna train on Monday have spoken out about their ordeal.
Several people were slain and several others were kidnapped by terrorists during an attack between the settlements of Kateri and Rijana in Kaduna state.
One of the survivors, Maimuna Ibrahim, who was shot in the thigh, spoke to media from her hospital bed and described the ordeal as “terrible.”
“She said, “We saw hell, and I prayed and prayed and prayed.” “In the morning, I went to a workshop in Abuja, and after the program, I was on my way back to Kaduna,” she explained.
“I got hit in the thigh with a bullet. However, the bullet did not strike my bone. My thigh was pierced by the bullet. To be honest, we suffered greatly, but thank God for the warriors who came to our aid.”
Maimuna stated that she was unable to walk after being shot and that troops had to carry her from the train to a vehicle parked beside the freeway.
“Because I couldn’t walk, the troops had to carry me on the back of the vehicle that took me to the hospital. They were able to carry us across the cliff on their backs! They attempted because scaling the cliff was not easy,” she explained.
“The terrorists entered the train and began roaming around, but they did not approach where I was sat. Through the window, a bullet struck me. They arrived at SP17. While they started shooting, the train’s police protection urged us to lie down on the floor so that the bullets wouldn’t hit us. Unfortunately, the bullet struck me before I could lie down.”
“From my window, I could see the terrorists. They were numerous, and they were tiny boys ranging in age from 18 to 20 years old. They had the appearance of Fulani. They were dressed in turbans. They don’t have the appearance of Nigerians. Allahakubar, they screamed.”
“They kidnapped some people, and I witnessed them forcibly removing passengers from the train. They were thrashing them as they escorted them from the train. “As they shot irregularly, they shouted Allahuhakubar, Allahuhakubar,” she claimed.
Another survivor, Fatima Shuaibu, a student at the College of Education in Gidan Waya, Kaduna state, stated her sister was slain in the incident while speaking from her hospital bed.
“”My sister, Zainab Awal, was killed when she was shot on the stormach,” she continued, her eyes welling up with sorrow.
Shuaibu stated she was sitting near the window when she noticed torch light flashes. She initially assumed it was the peasants in the vicinity, but when she heard a tremendous explosion and the train slid off track, she knew something was wrong when her heart began to race.
“In the train, I was sat near the window. It was around 8 p.m. when I started seeing flashes of touch light. Then, as if something had exploded, there was a deafening bang. The train then veered off course, as if it were on the verge of collapsing. We began yelling and praying. We began hearing gunfire as soon as the train came to a halt.
“The train’s security personnel announced that everyone should lie down on the train’s floor. They assaulted the VIP couch, kidnapped and took some individuals to the jungle, and shot others.
“They operated for around two hours before soldiers and the Air Force arrived and fired gunfire at each other. Five buses and motorcycles were used by the terrorists. The Sharon buses were used to transport those who had been kidnapped.
“Terrorists ranged in age from 18 to 20 years old. They don’t look like Nigerians, as far as I can tell. We were rescued off the train by soldiers. Those of us who had been injured were taken off the train. They accompanied us up the bluff and drove us to the motorway, where people were transported in automobiles.