Bomb Derails Russian Train

Authorities claim link to Chechen insurgency
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2007 7:54 AM CDT
Bomb Derails Russian Train
Rescuers work at the site of a train derailment near the village of Malaya Vishera, about 500 km (310 miles) north-west of Moscow, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. An explosion derailed a Russian train traveling between Moscow and St. Petersburg on Monday evening, injuring dozens of passengers, officials said....   (Associated Press)

Russia suspects terrorism in a bomb that derailed a train on the busy Moscow-to-St. Petersburg line yesterday, reports Reuters. Thirty-eight people were hospitalized and more  treated at the scene, about 170 km from St. Petersburg. The bomb was planted on a bridge; the locomotive and most carriages derailed after crossing.

The bomb, a homemade device, may be linked to Chechen insurgencies in the southwest of the country, according to Russian authorities. Bombings in 2003 and 2005 were also attributed to the separatist movement, though they occurred closer to Chechnya, far from this incident. (More Russia stories.)

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