Nigeria: Armed men abduct dozens of people during attack of train station in Edo State
A group of unidentified armed men attacked last Saturday a train station in Edo State, south of Nigeria, and kidnapped dozens of passengers, the Nigerian police announced.
Chidi Nwabuzor, spokesperson for the police said in a statement that a number of passengers were also injured when gunmen, carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles, attacked the “Igueben” station, firing sporadically into the air.
Most victims were passengers waiting to board the Itakpe-Wari train, Nwabuzor said.
Security forces, according to the police official, were sent to the train station to take control of the situation and arrest the attackers. Nigeria is confronted with armed men and bandits who indulge in the abduction of people in exchange for ransom.
In March last year, 8 people were killed and dozens were abducted after gunmen detonated a bomb on a railroad track and opened fire on a train carrying passengers from capital Abuja to Kaduna.