Nigeria train enemies launch captive video


Gunmen who attacked a train in northwest Nigeria and killed eight people have actually released a video of a bank executive who was amongst an undefined number of passengers taken hostage throughout the assault.

The attack on the train in between the capital Abuja and the city of Kaduna last week was a significant escalation in violence in northwest Nigeria blamed on heavily armed criminal gangs, known locally as outlaws.

The video posted online shows Alwan Ali-Hassan, director of Nigeria's Bank of Industry, flanked by 4 armed masked men in military uniform dealing with the cam, getting in touch with authorities to meet the demands of his captors to protect the release of other captives who "are in a dire circumstance."

AFP might not separately confirm the authenticity of the video but member of the family confirmed Ali-Hassan was released by the shooters on Wednesday which it was him in the video.

No particular group has actually declared responsibility for the video shot in an undisclosed forest location with an armoured vehicle in the background.

The men do not claim association to a group, however the recording resembles propaganda videos sent out by jihadist groups waging a more than 12-year insurrection to develop an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria's northeast.

The opening prayer in Arabic by one of the masked males is the same as in all the previous propaganda videos released by jihadist groups. The positioning of the gunmen with the captive is likewise typical of jihadist videos.

In the video, the speaker said they chose to launch the hostage out of empathy as a "Ramadan gesture", describing the Muslim holy month of fasting, and his "advanced age".

Although the speaker declared no ransom was paid for Ali-Hassan's release, family sources stated they had to pay cash to the captors.Survivors of the March 28 train attack state gunmen opened fire after exploding the railway.

Witnesses stated shooters got into the VIP area of the train and rounded up out a number of passengers.

One week after the train attack, the whereabouts of 168 passengers is still unknown, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) said, though it is unclear how many might have returned home and not gotten in touch with authorities.

Northwest and main Nigeria have actually been terrorised by criminal gangs who raid villages, eliminating locals and kidnapping for ransom in addition to looting homes. But their attacks and abductions have actually magnified.

Although the gangs who are encouraged by monetary gains have no ideological leaning, there is concern amongst local authorities and experts of growing prospective alliances with jihadists.

Nigeria jihadist groups are known to maintain links with the criminal gangs for practical and monetary purposes, however is unclear if the train assaulters are lined up with any militant group.

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