Attackers armed with assault rifles have abducted 32 people from a railway station in Nigeria’s southern Edo state, the governor’s office said.

The incident comes a month after a train service in the north, which was shut after a March 2022 attack, resumed.

Police said in a statement on Sunday that armed herdsmen attacked Tom Ikimi station at 4pm (15:00 GMT) as passengers waited for a train to Warri, an oil hub in nearby Delta state.

The station is some 111km (69 miles) northeast of state capital Benin City and close to the border with Anambra state.

The attack is the latest example of the growing insecurity that has spread to nearly every corner of Africa’s most populous country, posing a challenge to the government ahead of the election.

Edo state information commissioner Chris Osa Nehikhare said one of the 32 people taken by the kidnappers managed to escape.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) had closed the station until further notice and the federal transport ministry called the kidnappings “utterly barbaric”.