Monday, November 30, 2009

Russian Train Derailment Was a Terrorist Act

A Train derailment in Russian has left 26 dead and 100 injured. Authorities are blaming the derailment on a terrorist attack. Specifically a planted explosive devise. If confirmed, and current evidence points to the notion that it will, it would be a troubling revelation. Railroad tracks are especially vulnerable if only for the size. It would be next to impossible to guard every length of track across the the country and it apparently does not take much of a disruption to do some serious damage. It is not clear how such an attack can be averted even if you know it is coming. The only real answer would seem to be cracking the terrorist cells and attacking the support points in the network.

"A powerful homemade bomb sent a high-speed Moscow-to-St. Petersburg train careening off its tracks, according to Russian officials, killing at least 26 people in what officials consider an act of terrorism.

The head of Russia's Federal Security Service, Alexander Bortnikov, said that experts found pieces of an explosive device that detonated around 9:30 Friday night as the train raced over it, gouging a 5ft crater and strewing smoking wreckage over a rural stretch of track.

He said a terrorism inquiry had been opened.

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