Terrorists responsible for the March 28 attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train have shot one of the kidnapped victims still in captivity in their den.
The shooting of the victim identified as Mohammed Al’amin was confirmed by the negotiator between the government and the terrorists, Tukur Mamu.
He said the shooting could have been done intentionally by the terrorists as a way of sending a message across to the government.
“I can confirm to you that the said passenger has been shot and the information is credible. It could also be intentional from them for the purpose of sending a message. Killing of their victims is something we know they can do. They have threatened to do that before,” Mamu said.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent and decisive action of the window of negotiation to secure the release of those in captivity, adding that the opportunity of negotiation might not always be there.
He added that the government must be ready to make some painful compromises to secure the release of those abducted by the terrorists.
“I know what is in this crisis and that is why I keep emphasising that President Buhari must be prepared to take painful compromises if they are really committed to securing these innocent victims alive,” he said.
“With what we have succeeded in doing, the windows and opportunity we opened which there’s none hitherto, the government has the power to bring this to an end within three to four days.
“I assure them we can do it with their support and cooperation, and if it didn’t happen as long as government do the needful I will agree and accept to take full responsibility. Cases of emergency such as this doesn’t require unnecessary bureaucracy,” he added.
Recently, the Presidency has stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is doing everything within its powers to rescue victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.
The Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media, Garba Shehu, said that negotiations are ongoing with bandit terrorists.
He stated that the ultimate goal of the federal government was to get those abducted out of captivity alive.
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