Credible sources confirmed the attack to intel region on Monday night, saying the attack occurred at a point between Katari and Rijana.
One of the passengers who confirmed the incident in a telephone call said the attackers have surrounded the train, shooting sporadically.
“All the passengers are currently lying on the floor of the train. The bandits are shooting sporadically. We are in serious danger,” said on of the panic-stricken passengers.
There are at least 970 passengers onboard the train, according to official sources familiar with the train service.
A passenger on the train called for help in a tweet.
“Please this is an emergency. We are inside the train at the moment. Kidnapper’s planted explosives and the train engines have been ruined,” the passenger, identified as Anas Iro Danmusa, twitted from the train.
He added: “We are helpless on the Abuja to Kaduna train. Gunshots still being fired right around us. We are just under the seats praying to God while waiting for help. Since 8pm, we have been here, between Katari and Rijina. I am a living witness”.
In another message, the passenger announced the arrival of the security forces at the scene.
“Alhamdulillah! (Glory be to God!), the soldiers are with us. We are safe!!!” he twitted.
The Kaduna-bound train was attacked between Katari and Rijana in Kaduna State. No fewer than 900 passengers were said to be on board. This could not be officially verified.
Confirming the incident NRC Managing Director Fidet Okhiria said: “It is true but we don’t know the details yet.
“We cannot give you much information now but most of the passengers have gone into hiding and they cannot be giving information, but there are reports of gunshots, continued gunshots as the train stopped.
“If we have more details, we will get it across but I will be in Abuja tomorrow because of this incident.”
Anxious Nigerians took to their Twitter handles to make clarification and confirmation.