The Nigerian Railway Commission (NRC) has announced the suspension of operations on the Abuja-Kaduna route after “terror attacks” occurred for two days while the train was in transit.
The NRC made this known in a message to passengers on its booking website on Thursday.
It was learnt that the train was reportedly attacked with explosives by gunmen on Wednesday and Thursday.
The windshield of the train was shattered and a portion of the track was blown away in the attack, according to a picture released on social media by a security think-thank group.
According to the corporation, it is working to restore the service, adding that it will inform the public when the train starts running again.
The message read: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, train services have been immediately suspended for the safety of our dear passengers,” information on the website read.
“Efforts are in place to restore service. Further information would follow immediately, the service is restored.”
Shehu Sani, a former senator and a known frequently traveller using the service, claimed that he was onboard on Thursday when the train ran over the explosive.
He said it “took a miracle” for him and other passengers on the train to escape.
“Yesterday, terrorists attacked the Kaduna Abuja railway with an explosive & opened fire on the train, targeting the Engine Driver and the Tank.
“This morning, I was on board when our train ran over another explosive [and it] damaged [the] rail. It took a miracle for us to escape,” Sani wrote on Twitter.