Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Terror Attack Could Be Behind Nevsky Express Derailment

Posted by Info on 28/11/2009

An explosive device equivalent to 7 kg of TNT caused Friday evening’s deadly derailment of a train travelling from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Prosecutors have opened a criminal case on charges of terrorism.

At least 26 people were killed when three carriages of the Nevsky Express came off the rails near the town of Bologoye in the Tver Region, approximately halfway bewteen the capital and St. Peterrsburg.The luxury train, which can travel at 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph), was carrying some 650 passengers and 29 railroad employees.

A similar derailment, also caused by a blast, occurred on the same route in August 2007, injuring 60 people.

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