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How Boko Haram, bandits bombed Abuja-Kaduna train despite intel before attack



Nigerian authorities had information of the most recent assault on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line, intelligence exhibits.

The practice was bombed on Wednesday and Thursday with the intention of abducting passengers.

The incursion was carried out by Boko Haram and bandits, a joint operation that confirmed their collaboration within the North-West.

Eons Intelligence experiences the sighting of categorized messages between a infamous bandit, Baffa, and his ally, Bala.

On October 19, 2021, a doc titled “PLANNED ATTACK ON TRAIN AROUND RIJANA, KADUNA STATE” was despatched to related authorities companies.

It said how the mission was deliberate and executed by the Darussalam, an Arabic code phrase for Boko Haram.

Baffa, whose communication was intercepted, instructed Bala that Darussalam and bandits led by “Danlami and Lawan” have been going to plant a bomb on the railway.

Baffa mentioned he determined to not take part within the operation as a result of “it’s dangerous” however believed the duo will strike efficiently.

After Wednesday’s hit, the terrorists went again the following morning to bury an Improvised Explosive Gadget (IED).

The bomb exploded however the practice was in a position to attain the terminus at Rigasa, transferring one other 7 kilometers.


The plan to hijack it, seize civilians and transfer them to the forest is the modus operandi of outlaws controlling territories in North-West states.

The Nigeria Railway Company (NRC) blamed “hoodlums” for the assault. The Managing Director, Fidet Okhiria, referred to as it an act of vandalism.

On Friday, Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, Mohammed Jalige instructed DAILY POST that he couldn’t remark, explaining that the railway is just not below the preview of the command.

Nigerian Railway Command’s CP Oyediran Oyeyemi mentioned solely the Power Headquarters may converse.

Operations on the Abuja-Kaduna route have been suspended, bringing to actuality the worry that actions of non-state armed actors could shut down practice providers.

In July, safety companies have been knowledgeable that bandits have been attending coaching performed by Boko Haram and the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP).

A number of bandits travelled from Zamfara State to attend drills in terrorist hideouts in Borno State, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) revealed.

A memo titled “Motion of Armed Bandits from Zamfara to Borno for Intensive Boko Haram Coaching” was signed by ACG Usman Auna.

The intel, conveyed with Ref. No. NIS/HQ/CGI/943, directed immigration comptrollers to accentuate surveillance.

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