Russia Opens Terrorist Investigation After Freight Train Derailed


Derailed train carriages in the Ryazan region, Russia, on Nov. 11, 2023, in a still from video. (Russian Investigative Committee via AP/Screenshot via NTD)

Russian investigators have opened a terrorism investigation after a major freight train was derailed due to what they said was a homemade bomb on the railway line in the Ryazan region, the investigative committee said.

“According to the investigation, at 07:12 on November 11, 2023, an improvised explosive device exploded,” the committee said. “As a result, 19 wagons of the freight train were derailed.”

Nineteen carriages traveling from the town of Rybnoye were thrown from the tracks and 15 were damaged, investigators wrote in a statement on social media. They said they would be opening a criminal investigation on terrorism charges.

Both the train driver and assistant train driver received medical attention at the scene.

Russian officials have previously blamed pro-Ukrainian saboteurs for several attacks on the country’s railway system since Moscow invaded the country in February 2022, although no group has claimed responsibility for the damage.

Kyiv has not commented on Saturday’s attacks.

JP and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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