Suspected Fulani Herdsmen invade Edo train station, abduct scores of passengers

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Gunmen, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Saturday, invaded the Igueben Train Station in Edo State and abducted unspecified number of travellers waiting to board a train to Warri in Delta State.

The kidnappers also left many other passengers injured.

The incident came about ten months after some terrorists attacked a Kaduna bound train from Abuja, leaving many people dead.

The Saturday incident was confirmed by the Edo Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, in a statement.

He explained that the kidnappers who were armed with AK 47 invaded the train station, shot into the air sporadically and kidnapped some of the intending passengers.

According to the police spokesman, some of the intending passengers sustained bullet wounds.

He however said efforts had already commenced toward rescuing the victims.

The statement reads: “This is to inform the gentlemen of the press that today, 7th of January, 2023 at about 1600hrs, unspecified number of herdsmen armed with AK 47 riffles attacked the train station at Igueben, Edo State and kidnapped unspecified number of passengers who were waiting to board the train to Warri.

“The kidnappers who shot sporadically into the air before kidnapping some passengers left some persons with bullet wounds. The Area Commander Irrua, DPO Igueben Division, and men have visited the scene of crime with members of the Edo State Security Network, local vigilantes, and hunters with a view to protecting the lives and property of the remaining passengers.

“Bush combing operations have commenced in order to rescue the victims and arrest the fleeing kidnappers. Further developments will be communicated.”

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