Gunmen armed with assault rifles have kidnapped 32 individuals from a railway station in Nigeria’s southern Edo state.
Police stated in an announcement on Sunday that armed herdsmen attacked Tom Ikimi station at 4pm (15:00 GMT) as commuters waited for a practice to Warri, an oil hub in close by Delta state. The station is roughly 111 km (69 mi) north-east of the state capital, Benin City, and near the Anambra State border.
Armed group kidnaps 32 individuals from southern Nigeria railway station
Police stated some individuals current on the station obtained bullet accidents within the assault.
The assault is the most recent instance of rising insecurity that has unfold to virtually each nook of (*32*)’s most populous nation, posing a problem to the federal government forward of February’s presidential election.
Edo state info commissioner Chris Osa Nehikhare stated one of many 32 individuals taken by the abductors managed to flee.
“At the moment, security personnel composed of army and police, as well as vigilante network people and hunters are intensifying the search and rescue operation within a reasonable radius to rescue the abducted victims,” he stated. We are assured that extra victims will probably be rescued within the coming hours.
The station was closed till additional discover by the Nigerian Railways Corporation (NRC) and the Federal Ministry of Transport known as the hijacking “utterly barbaric”.
In December, the NRC reopened a rail service linking the capital Abuja to northern Kaduna state, months after attackers blew up the tracks, abducting greater than 150 passengers and killing six individuals.
The final hostage taken in that March assault was not freed till October.
Insecurity is rising in elements of Nigeria, with Boko Haram and its ISIL (ISIS) affiliate branches within the northeast, bandits within the northwest, separatists within the southeast, and farmer-herder conflicts within the central states.
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