Six rescued after Nigeria train station kidnapping



Authorities in Nigeria’s southern Edo state say security forces have rescued six people, including children, kidnapped by gunmen at a train station in Igueben.

As we reported earlier, the police said that the travellers were waiting to board a train when they were attacked and kidnapped by suspected criminal gangs.

More than 20 other hostages are still missing, while the train station has been shut down indefinitely.

The spokesman for Edo state also announced that a suspect has been arrested in connection with the abductions.

Eyewitnesses of the Saturday incident said some of the passengers sustained gunshot injuries.

The Nigerian government has condemned the kidnapping of the passengers describing it as despicable and utterly barbaric.

The attack comes less than two months before Nigeria’s general election.

In March last year gunmen attacked a Kaduna-bound train in northern Nigeria, killing some passengers and kidnapping dozens of others.


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