Armed gangs abducting dozens of passengers in a train attack in northern Nigeria are using civilians as human shields, making it difficult for the military to carry out a rescue mission, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday.
Nigeria’s state railway company said last month that 168 people were missing following the March 28 attack.
Local media last week showed a video of the victims of the kidnapping, including a child recently born to one of the abducted women. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the video.
Buhari said the government, which has been criticized for not doing enough to rescue passengers, was trying to avoid a “tragic outcome” in any rescue operation.
“They (the robbers) use civilians as human shields and thus make it difficult for them to face them directly,” he said in a statement.
“This is a fragile situation… All rescue operations leading to the death of hostages can not be considered effective.
Kidnappings have become an almost daily occurrence in Nigeria, where armed gangs rob people of ransom and hide in forests.
The brutal nature of the attacks has increased fears of insecurity in a country that is also struggling with insurgency in the northeast and growing crime in many parts of the country.
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