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Train Attack: NRC Confirms 170 Passengers Safe, 21 Missing, as it Returns Re-railed 4 Out of 11 Damaged Coaches to Rigasa Station

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The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), has confirmed that 170 passengers have been discovered to be safe, while 21 others are missing, just as it disclosed that it has successfully re-railed four out of 11 coaches damaged by terrorists, who attacked train AK9 on the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service on March 28.

Managing Director of the Corporation, Engineer Fidet Okhiria, who revealed this in a statement, stated that as of the close of work yesterday, coaches SP00004, SP00009, SP00012, SP00013 have all been re-railed and safely taken to the Rigasa Station in Kaduna, towards enduring that normal services are restored on the route without further delay.

He said the train had 11 coaches, worked by Loco 2502, which is made up of four SPA coaches, with 56 sitting capacity per coach and seven SP coaches with 88 sitting capacity per coach.

The total seat capacity of the train, he said, is 840 seats and that the passenger manifest however contained 362 validated passengers aboard.

Okhiria said restoration of track for full resumption of normal train services, disrupted as a result of the attack will continue through today, adding that arrangements are also in place for increased security along the track and on board the train, to prevent the recurrence of the unfortunate incident.

He confirmed that the 21 missing passengers were reported missing by their relatives who called the corporation, adding that NRC “is seriously collaborating with the security agencies who had already swung into action, in line with the directive of Mr. President to do everything possible to rescue all those that are still missing.

“The NRC is also not resting on its oars as she has moved human and material resources to the accident site to make sure that train services resumed without further delays in other to reduce the stress that passengers are currently going through.

“A high-powered restoration team, led by Directors has been working round the clock to re-rail the coaches affected by the bomb blast,” Okhiria said.

Giving details of the re-rail operation, he said it is a coordinated two-pronged simultaneous restoration approach, saying while Loco 2702 with re-railment and restoration materials departed Idu Station, Abuja, to the bomb blast site, another team with Loco 2502 departed Rigasa Station, Kaduna, with re-railment and restoration materials to the same site.

He condoled with families of those that lost their loved ones and that of those that are still missing, assuring that the corporation is with them in this challenging time.

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