Train Attack: FG May Release Detained Terrorists in Exchange For Abducted Hostages

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There is strong indication the federal government may concede to the demands of the terrorists who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train and abducted no fewer than 68 passengers at Katari, Kaduna state, on Monday, March 28.

The gang had demanded the release of some of its detained commanders and financiers in exchange for the abductees.

The gunmen had released one of the hostages, the Managing Director of the Bank of Agriculture, Alwan Hassan, following the alleged payment of a huge sum.

President Buhari spoke on the plight of the train victims during his speech to mark the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.

According to the report, negotiations with the armed gang are progressing but the government, it was gathered, had the option to yield to the gunmen’s demands or launch an all-out attack which is considered high risk.

Security sources said the terrorists were insisting on the release of their members as well as huge cash in exchange for the kidnap victims who include children, women, and some men, some of whom were injured during the train attack.