Nigeria suspends Abuja-Kaduna train operations following rail track blast

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Nigerian railway authorities on Thursday halted train operations on the Abuja-Kaduna corridor following a blast on the rail track along the route.

The blast ruptured the track when a train was in motion on Wednesday, Fidet Okhiria, head of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), said in a statement.

“Until the team that is investigating the matter comes with its report, we cannot confirm whether it is a bomb or not. But there was a blast,” Okhiria said.

No passengers or train crew members have been reported injured in the incident.

The NRC head dispelled rumors of a terrorist attack on the moving train, saying that contrary to local media reports, there were no gunshots aimed at the train driver and the tank of the train.

Rail technicians have been deployed to do a proper inspection and assess the extent of damage, he said.

“Efforts are currently ongoing to ensure full train services are restored along that route,” he added.

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