Russian Train Derailment Killing and Wounding Many Likely Caused by Bomb

November 28, 2009

(ChattahBox) — At least 25 people are dead and 100 more injured on Saturday after a train carrying 650 people, derailed in remote countryside between Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia. Now, authorities are investigating whether a bomb on the tracks could have caused the tragedy. A crater has allegedly been found near the track, and witnesses who heard a loud bang, said they agreed that a bomb probably caused the derailment.  President Dmitry Medvedev called for calm, saying “we need there to be no chaos, because the situation is tense as it is.”
According to the BBC, Russian television channels have been broadcasting a recording of a mobile phone call from the train driver to the emergencies ministry, confirming he heard an explosion under the locomotive. The train, named the Nevsky Express, an upscale line popular with Russian business executives and government officials, was traveling on the same rail route where a bomb derailed a train, in 2007 supposedly by Chechen rebels.

Update: The head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, Alexander Borotnikov, confirmed an improvised explosive device equivalent to 15 pounds (7 kilograms) of TNT had detonated when the train passed over it Friday night about 9:30 p.m. Remains of the device and a second explosive device partially detonated, were found at the site of the crash during the clear-up operation.


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