Terrorists release last 23 Abuja-Kaduna Train hostages

Terrorists release last 23 hostages from Abujap-Kaduna Train Attack Press Statement announcing the release of the last 23 hostages from the Abuja-Kaduna passenger Train Attack

Terrorists who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna passenger Train Service have released the last 23 abductees from the train in captivity. 

The release was announced in a Press Statement signed by the Secretary of the Chife of Defence Staff Action Committee, Professor Usman Yusuf.

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Professor Yusuf in the Statement disclosed that the 23 remaining abductees have now been released by their captors.

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He described the abductors as Boko Haram Terrorists.

The Abuja-Kaduna passenger Train Service known as AK Train was attacked by Terrorists on the 28th of March this following two earlier unsuccessful attempts on the train.

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The attack launched by the Terrorists was a Coordinated IED and gun attack during which a number of the passengers were killed with dozens of them abducted.

The terrorists thereafter released videos of the hostages making demands of the families of the victims and the Federal Government.

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Some of the high profile passengers who were abducted in the aftermath of the attack include the Managing Director of the Bank of Agric, who was released a few days after allegedly paying a ransom reported to be over a 100 million naira.

The terrorists thereafter started a periodic release of the passengers according to many after payment of ransom by the families of the victims.

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Many observers including families of victims have since been up in arms against the Federal Government due to what they say was the lackadaisical attitude to the release of the abductees.

The government for its part came up with reasons it did not launch a military assault to free the hostages disclosing that it had met all conditions given by the terrorists for the release of the hostages including freedom for the members of their families in government custody.

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The Terrorists according to the government reneged on the agreement.

Several non State actors thereafter started interceding on behalf of the hostages and getting freedom for them.

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Tukur Mamu who was the most high profile of the negotiators has since been arrested by the DSS for what the agency said was his involvement in terrorism as a financier and facilitator.

The release as announced by the Chief of Defence Staff Action Committee has now brought to an end the saga of the captivity of Nigerians but that is after spending over 180 days in captivity.

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