Train derailment killing at least 65 in India appears to be act of terrorism

May 28, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Sabotage is suspected in the country’s worst rail disaster in eight years,after a blast sent a passenger train hurdling into the path of a speeding cargo train in India, killing at least 65, and wounding at least 200 more. The Gyaneshwari Express headed for the financial capital of Mumbai was struck by a cargo train heading in the opposite direction in West Bengal’s Jhargram district, an area known for its Maoist rebels. The leftwing rebels operate in 11 of India’s 28 states and have killed more than 7,500 people since 1998.  The rebels have frequently attacked trains in the area and issued a warning of further violence earlier this week. The Maoist group suspected in the attack, known as Naxalites, began their insurgency in West Bengal in 1967 and are still considered by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to be the country’s top security threat within its borders. According to The Wall Street Journal, authorities discovered an 18-inch section of track missing and it’s possible explosives were used. Multiple passengers are reportedly still trapped inside the mangled wreck.


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