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Saturday, 28 November 2009
Russia train derailment: police investigate possibility of terrorism

From The Australian and The Telegraph
AT least 22 people have been killed and 54 injured after a train travelling between the Russian capital Moscow and Saint Petersburg derailed, possibly as a result of a terrorist attack.
The carriages came off the track as the train was en route between Russia's two main cities on one of the country's busiest rail links. A government spokesman said the accident to the Neva Express happened at 9.30pm (18.30 GMT) near the town of Bologoye, some 250 miles north-west of Moscow and 150 miles south-east of St Petersburg.  Four carriages came off the rails as the train was travelling between stations in Aleshinka in the region of Tver and Uglovka in Novgorod region
A unnamed security official was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying that a one metre-diameter crater was found near the scene of the disaster.
"Witnesses say they heard a loud bang before the accident. This could be proof of an attack,' the source said.
"There are injured," the government spokesman said without giving further details. "Medics, rescue teams and police are working at the scene." Emergency services said it was likely that bodies were buried under the wreckage.
A railways official also told Itar-Tass that "an attack is one of the possibilities' being looked at by the police.
In 2007, a bomb on the same line derailed a train, injuring 60 passengers, with Chechen separatist or ultra-nationalist groups suspected.
Islamist militants have sporadically attacked targets outside the north Caucasus region where there are a number of simmering conflicts surrounding the former Soviet republic of Chechnya.

Posted on 11/28/2009 4:26 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
28 Nov 2009
Alan R



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