The bandits also vowed to go further in their campaign of terror against the state.
Bandits have reportedly claimed that the bomb attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train was staged to teach the Kaduna state Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai, some lessons.
The incident which occured on Monday, March 28, 202, left nine persons dead and 26 others injured as gunmen attacked the passenger train and took away victims.
Speaking to The Nation on the bandits’ rationale for the attack, a relation of one of the abducted passengers on the ill-fated train revealed that it was meant to call El-Rufai’s bluff.
The man, whose name was given as Dr. Abdulkarim, is a relation of an 85-year-old woman who was abducted during the attack.
He quoted the bandits to have said that “the State Governor has been running his mouth and that was why they came to his doorstep.”
Abdulkarim added that the bandits vowed to go further in their campaign of terror against the state.
“This is just the beginning, ” he said the bandits told him.
Another source, Dr. Attah, who also has a sister among the abductees, claimed he had spoken to the bandits 11 times during which they gave reasons for their actions.
It was earlier earlier reported that the federal government has rejected the demands of the terrorists behind the Kaduna-Abuja train attack, thereby leaving the fate of the abducted passengers hanging in the balance.
The terrorists are believed to be holding captive over 100 passengers, who were abducted from the train when it came under a bomb attack at Katari, Kaduna state.