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Gunmen Kidnap 32 People from Train Station in Nigeria

Wed 08 Feb 2023 | 12:11 PM
Ahmed Moamar

The office of the governor of Edo state in southern Nigeria said that gunmen carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles kidnapped more than 30 people from a train station in the state. 

Sunday's attack is the latest example of the growing insecurity that has spread to almost every corner of Africa's most populous country, challenging the government ahead of presidential elections in February.

Police said in a statement that armed cattle herders attacked Tom Ikeme station at 4 p.m. local time while passengers were waiting for a train to Warri, an oil hub in nearby Delta state.

The police added that some people at the station sustained gunshot wounds during the attack.

The Information Commissioner of Edo State said the kidnappers took 32 people, but one managed to escape. He added, "Currently, security men from the army and police, as well as guards and hunters, are intensifying search and rescue operations... We are confident that other victims will be rescued in the coming hours."