Kaduna Attacks: Embassies, Int’l Organisations Cut Off North West

Foreign missions in Nigeria and other international bodies have tightened up security alerts for travels in the seven states making up the North West geopolitical zone following last month’s attack on a passenger train arriving Kaduna from Abuja, the Nigerian capital, Daily Trust can report. 

Multiple diplomatic sources and staff of international organizations in Abuja told Daily Trust that though there had been travel advisories to states like Katsina, Zamfara, and Kaduna, the alert level was upped across most embassies and other organizations over heightened fear of insecurity.

Foreign missions such as those of the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, and a host of other countries have directed their staff to avoid travel to the area. A similar ban is also placed by organizations such as United Nations, USAID, and UNICEF, among others. 

Daily Trust gathered that the latest decisions were predicated on the recent attack on Kaduna International Airport, which was followed closely by the bombing of the Abuja-Kaduna train and attack on commuters and soldiers on guard duty along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway. 

Gunmen on motorcycles on March 26 attacked the Kaduna Airport as a Lagos-bound plane was taxing to take off, killing one staff of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). Security operatives later said they killed 12 of the attackers. 

Two days later, on March 28, an explosive was remotely detonated as a train arriving from Abuja neared its final stop at Rigasa, Kaduna State. Gunmen then opened fire on confused passengers killing at least eight and wounding 26 others, according to official figures. An unspecified number of travelers was also abducted by the attackers.

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