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Rail service in Nigerian capital resumes after deadly attack


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ABUJA, Nigeria — Rail service in the Nigerian capital resumed on Monday, eight months after assailants attacked a train with explosives and gunfire, killing seven people and abducting dozens of passengers.

Only a handful of passengers and armed security personnel were on board the maiden voyage from Abuja to neighboring Kaduna state.

“We are not afraid because of the security measures they have taken,” passenger Jafaar Sanusi said. “There were a lot of security forces on the train to protect themselves.”

Authorities blamed the brazen March attack on armed groups who kidnapped people for ransom in northwestern Nigeria.

Paschal Nnorli, general manager of the Abuja-Kaduna rail service, said authorities had managed to secure the release of the abducted passengers and had tightened security on the route.

“Insecurity is increasing day by day in Nigeria, it is not unique to railway operations but we will continue to do our best,” he said.

The train service is an essential form of transport for many people in the Nigerian capital, a city of 3.6 million, as the main road into the city suffers frequent abductions and few can afford to Travel by plane.

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