Kaduna state government has said that most people onboard the train which was attacked on Monday night are unaccounted for.
Recall that terrorists bombed a section of the Kaduna-Abuja rail track, forcing the train, which departed Abuja at 6pm on Monday March 28, to derail.
Kaduna Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan who gave an update on the rescue operation, said eight corpses have been recovered and 26 people who were injured are receiving treatment.
Aruwan added that a record obtained from the Nigerian Railway Corporation showed that 362 persons boarded the train.
“The Kaduna State Government has received from the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), the detailed passenger manifest for the Abuja-Kaduna train service AK9 which was attacked by terrorists on Monday.
“According to the documents received, 398 passengers bought tickets for the trip, but 362 were validated as having boarded the train through the recognized turnstile.
“The passenger manifest does not include NRC staff and security officials who were on board.
“Furthermore, security agencies have reported that eight bodies were recovered and 26 persons were injured during the attack. Investigations are still ongoing to ascertain the status of the passengers who were on board the train and remain unaccounted for at the time of this update. Search operations are also being sustained.”