President Bola Tinubu has commiserated with the government and people of the Republic of India over a multiple train crash in the country that killed 288 passengers and left 850 injured.
Gatekeepers News reports that the fatal crash involved three trains – two passenger trains and a goods train in the Indian city of Balasore, in the eastern state of Odisha on Friday.
Officials had described the accident as the country’s deadliest rail accident in more than 20 years.
President Tinubu in a statement issued by his media aide, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz on Saturday, described the accident as “heartrending”.
He also expressed his condolences to the families of the people who died in the incident.
Tinubu was quoted saying, “My heart goes to the families of those affected in the unfortunate and heartrending train crash in the Indian State of Odisha.
“We stand with India in brotherhood at this difficult time. The magnitude of the crash and the high casualty figure call for global support for India to adequately respond to this calamitous accident.
“I send my deepest sympathy and condolences to His Excellency Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the people of India, and the families of those trapped in the crash.”