Suspected Bombers Detained in Derailed Chechen Train Case Source
Two men suspected of carrying out an attack on a passenger train
heading from Chechnya on June 12 have been detained, a source in the
law enforcement bodies said. They reportedly belong to a radical
The train was derailed by an explosion in the Moscow region, at least
15 passengers were hurt when six of the cars left the tracks, the
ITAR-TASS news agency said.
"The train driver said that an explosion took place in front of the
engine," FSB spokeswoman Diana Shemyakina said.
No one was killed in the incident when two carriages of the train
heading from the Chechen capital Grozny derailed 150 km (90 miles)
south of Moscow. Officials said two people were taken to hospital and
more than 10 were slightly injured. Shemyakina told Interfax that a
one-meter (three-foot) crater was discovered at the scene. She said
investigators had also found electric wires attached to the rails.
All the passengers of the derailed train arrived safely at the
Paveletsky train station in Moscow on a commuter train, Interfax
reported. The passengers were met by policemen and representatives of
other law-enforcement bodies, doctors and psychologists.
A regular passenger train link with Grozny has been widely advertised
by Russian officials as a sign of normalization in the southern
province, devastated by years of conflict.
Separatist rebels, who attack Russian troops and pro-Moscow officials
almost daily inside the region, also have a record of hitting civilian
targets outside Chechnya. But President Vladimir Putin's adviser on
the region suggested that Russian ultra-nationalists could equally
have been responsible for the attack on the train.
"Unfortunately, there are a number of Nazi organizations who do not
hide their hatred of people originating from the Caucasus region,"
Aslanbek Aslakhanov, an ethnic Chechen, told Interfax.