Thirty people abducted from a train station in Nigeria

YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) – Men armed with AK-47 rifles abducted around 30 people from a train station in Edo state, southern Nigeria, the governor’s office said on Sunday.

This attack is a new illustration of the growing insecurity in Africa’s most populous country, a real challenge for the government in the run-up to the presidential election in February.

Police said in a statement that armed herdsmen attacked Tom Ikimi station in the middle of the afternoon as passengers waited for a train to Warri in neighboring Delta state. The station is approximately 111 km northeast of the state capital, Benin City, and close to the border with Anambra State.

Some people present came under fire during the attack, police said.

According to Edo State Information Commissioner Chris Osa Nehikhare, the kidnappers abducted 32 people, and one escaped.

The NRC reopened a rail service linking the capital Abuja to northern Kaduna state last month, months after an attack by gunmen blew up tracks, abducted dozens of passengers and killed six people.

The last person taken hostage in the March attack was released in October.

Nigeria is plagued by Islamist insurgencies in the northeast, banditry in the northwest, separatist actions in the southeast and clashes between farmers and herders in the central states.

(Report Tife Owolabi with contributions from Felix Onuah in Abuja and Garba Muhammad in Kaduna; French version Elizabeth Pineau)

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