Terrorist group Ansaru denies responsibility for train attack

The Jama’ar Ansarul Muslimina fi Biladi Sudan, also known as the Ansaru Terrorist Group, has denied responsibility for the March 28, 2022 rail attack on the Abuja/Kaduna train.

In a statement distributed to residents and motorists on the Birnin Gwari road on Thursday, which they titled “Message to the Nigerian Government and Citizens” in Hausa, a copy obtained and translated into English, the group distanced itself from the train attack.

According to the group, its main essence is to work for Allah by protecting Islam and Muslims who have been deceived and oppressed.

They also said that they only kill or kidnap if they are sure that a person is a kafir (infidel) or an oppressor.

They also said that Abu Barra was not their leader, adding that at the appropriate time they would release the name of their leader to the public.

They maintained that their mission is to defend Islam against the Nigerian government and other black African countries.

It should be recalled that in a recent security update, the Governor of the State, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, confirmed the presence of the group in two LGAs in the State, namely the Local Government Areas of Giwa and Birnin-Gwari.

Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) President Ishaq Kasai confirmed receipt of the statement in an interview.

“Our coordinators in some neighborhoods hinted to us that the Ansaru group came on motorbikes and dropped off the brochures in their various communities and also distributed them to motorists. We asked them to bring the brochure to us as you can see, he said.

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