Iran-bound Turkish train bombed, no fatalities

July 26, 2016 8:00 am

The file photo of a train in the eastern Turkish province of Van

A bomb explosion has occurred
on board a Turkish freight train that was en route from eastern
to , causing the train to derail.

Hossein Qassemi,
Iran’s consulate general in the city of Erzurum in eastern Turkey, said
on Monday that the incident took place within 30 kilometers (18 miles)
of the Iranian border two days before while the train was traveling from
the Turkish province of Van.
Citing a Turkish constabulary, he
said the attack had not caused any fatalities, just lightly injuring two
Turkish railway guards.
The train was carrying iron, tobacco, and MDF to Iran.
The
governor’s office in Van Province, meanwhile, blamed militants with the
outlawed Kurdishtan Workers’ Party (PKK) for the bombing attack.
Clashes
have intensified between Turkish forces and PKK militants in Turkey’s
east and southeast since last year, causing authorities to ban passenger
trains from commuting in those areas. Freight trains, however, are
allowed to pass on a limited basis.
Several Iranian trucks have in the past come under attack in the area.
A recent failed coup in Turkey also forced the closure of the common border to passenger travel.
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