The Kaduna train attack was one of several major incidents this year underscoring the challenge facing Nigeria’s overstretched security forces.

A train service linking Nigeria’s capital Abuja with the northern city of Kaduna has resumed operations eight months

It was suspended following one of the country’s most high-profile abduction incidents. On March 28, gunmen with explosives blew up the tracks and assaulted the train

They opened fire, killing eight people, wounding 26, and taking over 100 passengers hostage. The train was travelling between Abuja and Kaduna.

The hostages were released in batches following negotiations with their captors, who were believed to have collected huge ransoms from their families.

Train departed the nation’s capital around 10am (09:00 GMT) for the two-hour journey to Kaduna, Reporters from AFP news agency and the local Punch newspaper said

Passengers were few – only occupying one-third of the train’s capacity – but excited that the service was back after eight months.