Nigerian Female Doctor, Chinelo Dies After Tweeting About Being Shot In Terror Attack On Abuja-Kaduna Train
- The passenger, who survived the attack, told journalists on phone that while in transit, “we heard a loud bang. A bomb exploded.”
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EKO HOT BLOG reports that a young medical doctor identified as Chinelo who said she was shot by terrorists that attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train on Monday night, has reportedly died.
Chinelo had taken to her Twitter handle, @nelo_x to report that she had been shot by the terrorists while asking for prayers.
“I’m in the train . I have been shot please pray for me,” she had tweeted.
I'm in the train . I have been shot please pray for me.
— Chinelo (@nelo_x) March 28, 2022
Giving an update later, a Twitter user who appears to be a friend via his Twitter handle this morning disclosed that she passed on.
Just woke up to a sad news
My friend just woke up to losing a close friend who was shot at the Abuja Kaduna train incident by terrorists
She tweeted yesterday that we should pray for her. Sadly she didn't make it. She was a Doctor
Nigeria why..I'm heartbroken
— The_Bearded_Dr_Sina (@the_beardedsina) March 29, 2022
Survivor Narrates Horrible Ordeal
However, a man who survived the Abuja-Kaduna train attack by terrorists has narrated horrible experiences he and other passengers passed through during the incident on Monday night.
The passenger, who survived the attack, told journalists on phone that while in transit, “we heard a loud bang. A bomb exploded.”
According to him, “the earth shook and within the twinkle of an eye, it was gunshots everywhere.”
He said passengers on the train who were about a thousand, fell on each other when the train derailed.
“The terrorists surrounded the coaches and shot sporadically.
“Many were wounded. Some were hit by bullets as the terrorists closed in, trying to infiltrate the coaches.
“As the confusion heightened, many ran into the bushes on both sides of the track. It was by the will of Allah that I survived,” he said.
NRC announces Suspension of Abuja-Kaduna Rail Operations
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has suspended its Abuja-Kaduna train operations in the wake of the attack.
The NRC announced its decision in a terse statement on Twitter on Tuesday.
“Dear passengers, due to unforeseen circumstances, Train operations along the Abuja-Kaduna route has been temporarily suspended. Further Communication would be given in due course,” the statement shared via @Official_NRC, read.
Kaduna State Government Reacts
The Kaduna State Government said on Tuesday that the “evacuation of passengers on the trapped Kaduna-bound train from Abuja has been concluded this morning by security forces, officials of Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and Nigerian Red Cross.”
Samuel Aruwan , the Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, issued on statement, explaining that “passengers who sustained injuries, and other fatalities, have been moved to hospitals.”
According to him, “passengers were evacuated from different hard-to-reach areas in forests and rocky locations in Audujongom, off the Kaduna-Abuja Road.”
“As stated yesterday, the Kaduna State Government is still liaising with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to ascertain the list from the passengers manifest for efficient tracking.”
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“Governor Nasir El-Rufai who commended all those who participated in the evacuation appealed to the hospitals to attend to the victims diligently.”
“The Governor also directed the Ministry of Health to be in contact with the hospitals as the government will bear the cost of their treatment.”As of the time of this update, search-and-rescue operations are in progress.”
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