The terrorists who attacked a train going for Kaduna on March 28, 2022, have freed a portion of the hostages.
After derailment, the terrorists opened fire on the passengers, killing nine and kidnapping 62, including children and senior citizens.
Saturday, after 74 days in captivity, six females and five males were released following intense talks.
The publisher of Desert Herald and mediator, Tukur Mamu, verified the development.
According to his sources, the terrorists freed the male hostages for health reasons, while the women were among the most vulnerable captives.
“Initially, it was anticipated that all of the abducted women would be released in the first batch, while negotiations continued for the release of the remaining victims. However, the abductors reduced the number of women they initially agreed to release because the Nigerian government demanded that they release those with life-threatening injuries.”
Some families of the kidnapped travellers informed Daily Trust that they had anticipated the detainees’ release.
since the event, the terrorists have released two individuals, including the managing director of the Bank of Agriculture, Alwan Hassan, who reportedly paid over N100 million, and a pregnant woman who was apparently released on compassionate grounds.
Earlier, the kidnappers had requested the release of eight of their alleged children in Federal Government custody.
Freed Train Passengers Transferred To Abuja
Saturday’s release of eleven hostages from the Abuja-Kaduna train resulted in their transfer to the nation’s capital.
The injured are currently receiving medical care at a hospital in the Federal Capital Territory, according to a source (FCT).
Tukur Mamu, the publisher of Desert Herald, assisted the release of the victims who had been held captive for almost 70 days.
On Saturday, eight of their kidnappers’ children were released to the eleven victims, allowing them to reclaim their freedom.
A source informed our correspondent that instead of releasing all female detainees as previously agreed, the terrorists freed six weak ladies and five guys with poor health.
The released victims are scheduled to reunite with their families in the FCT on Sunday, according to the source.