|How Boko Haram, Bandits Bombed Abuja-Kaduna Train Despite Intel Before Attack by Goodykeys(1): Fri 22, October, 2021|
Nigerian officials, according to reports, were informed of the latest attack on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line.
The train was bombed on Wednesday and Thursday with the intention of capturing passengers.
The raid was carried out in the North-West as a coordinated operation by Boko Haram and bandits, proving their alliance.
Eons Intelligence reports the sighting of classified messages between a notorious bandit, Baffa, and his ally, Bala.
On October 19, 2021, a document titled “PLANNED ATTACK ON TRAIN AROUND RIJANA, KADUNA STATE” was sent to relevant government agencies.
It stated how the mission was planned and executed by the Darussalam, an Arabic code word for Boko Haram.
Baffa, whose communication was intercepted, told Bala that Darussalam and bandits led by “Danlami and Lawan” were going to plant a bomb on the railway.
Baffa said he decided not to participate in the operation because “it is risky” but believed the duo will strike successfully.
After Wednesday’s hit, the terrorists went back the next morning to bury an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
The bomb exploded but the train was able to reach the terminus at Rigasa, moving another 7 kilometers.
The plan to hijack it, seize civilians and move them to the forest is the modus operandi of outlaws controlling territories in North-West states.
The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) blamed “hoodlums” for the attack. The Managing Director, Fidet Okhiria, called it an act of vandalism.
On Friday, Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, Mohammed Jalige told us that he could not comment, explaining that the railway is not under the preview of the command.
Nigerian Railway Command’s CP Oyediran Oyeyemi said only the Force Headquarters could speak.
Operations on the Abuja-Kaduna route have been suspended, bringing to reality the fear that activities of non-state armed actors may shut down train services.
In July, security agencies were informed that bandits were attending training conducted by Boko Haram and the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP).
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) stated that some bandits traveled from Zamfara State to attend drills in terrorist hideouts in Borno State.
ACG Usman Auna signed a document headed "Movement of Armed Bandits from Zamfara to Borno for Intensive Boko Haram Training."
The information supplied with Ref. No. NIS/HQ/CGI/943 told immigration officers to step up their surveillance.
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