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Seven more kidnapped train passengers regain freedom

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Seven more victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack of March 28, 2022 have been released..

The victims were released on Wednesday morning after spending 135 days in the custody of the terrorists

It is however not clear if any ransom was paid to the terrorists for their release.

However, the police authorities are yet to confirm the development, a member of the negotiating team, Tukur Mamu told Channels Television that six of the released hostages are members of the same family, which include a couple and their four children.

The father of the four kids, Abubakar, is the son of a former Military Administrator of Kano and Benue States, to Mamu, Major General Chris Garba, and also a staff of the National Assembly CommissionThe terrorists also released a 60-year-old woman, one Hajia Aisha Hassan who was said to have been freed due to life-threatening health challenges that deteriorated recently

The names of the six family members that were released are Abubakar Idris Garba who is the father of the four kids, his wife Maryama Abubakar Bobbo and their eldest son, Ibrahim Abubakar Garba who is 10 years old.

Others include Fatima Abubakar Garba 7 years, Imran Abubakar Garba 5 years old and youngest Zainab Abubakar Garba who is only one and half years. The husband, Abubakar is the son of Maj Gen Idris Garba (rtd). Gen. Garba who is an indigene of Niger State and was a former Military Administrator of Kano and Benue States during the administration of former Head Of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida
So far, 42 victims have regained their freedom. The number of those still in captivity now stands at 35
Gunmen had on March 28 blown up the rail track, killing some and abducting scores of passengers, a situation that called for serious concern about the safety of the nation’s trains.

Wednesday’s release is coming a few days after five other victims the abducted Kaduna-bound train was freed by the terrorists

 

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