Moscow St Petersburg crash might be terror attack 28th 11th 09.





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Published on Nov 28, 2009

Moscow-St. Petersburg crash might be terror attack Russian Railways chief
28 November, 2009,

At least 26 people are reported dead and 95 more injured after an express train traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg derailed. A terror attack could be the cause of the accident, said Russian Railways company chief.

A terror attack could be the cause of the accident, said Russian Railways company chief. Also, according to him, the Friday explosion resembles a similar accident three years ago.

The fate of 18 people is still unknown. Sixty people have been taken to hospital. Around 1,000 people are working at train crash site.

.The rescue operation has intensified: seven helicopters have been sent to the scene some 250 miles north-west of Moscow. The cause of the disaster, which happened at 21 30 local time, has not yet been confirmed.

However, a criminal case on charges of terrorism and illegal storage of weapons or explosives has been opened regarding the train crash, the Prosecutor Generals Office informed.

President Medvedev has held a videoconference with officials at the headquarters of the Emergencies Ministry, who have briefed him on the situation.

The train left the Russian capital at 7 p.m. and went off the tracks in the Tver region, about halfway into the 4.5-hour journey.

Overall 682 people were aboard the ill-fated Nevsky Express train. The express has 12 carriages, of which three derailed as a result of the crash. One of the three was severely damaged.

The Italian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that one of their citizens was traveling on the Nevsky Express and has suffered only minor injuries that are not life-threatening.

As of yet there have been no comments by the consulates of the other countries whose citizens were allegedly on the train.

Two police officers happened to be on the train, and they led the evacuation process after the crash until help arrived.

Terror attack most likely
Vladimir Yakunin, the president of the Russian Railways company, said that the team of investigators is viewing the explosion of an unidentified device by unidentified individuals, or, plainly speaking, a terrorist attack, as the primary lead.

As a result, police in the area are looking for suspects, and there is a search in progress at the moment.

Another reason is that witnesses who got off the train say they saw a crater near the tracks, which could indicate that there had been some sort of blast.


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