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Bomb Causes Derailment of Russian Train

From those tireless defenders of the faith New York Times:

Bomb Causes Derailment of Russian Train, Killing 25

By CLIFFORD J. LEVY and ELLEN BARRY

November 29, 2009

MOSCOW —The cause of the crash of one of Russia’s most illustrious trains was identified on Saturday as a homemade bomb that went off on the tracks between Moscow and St. Petersburg, killing more than 25 people, wounding scores of others and raising fears of a new era of terrorism here.

Officials called the explosion on Friday night the worst terrorist attack in Russia in years, outside volatile Muslim parts of the North Caucasus region, which includes Chechnya. There were no immediate credible claims of responsibility.

The force of the crash crumpled parts of the luxury train, propelling several of its 14 cars off the tracks, trapping passengers in smashed compartments and scattering luggage in the nearby woods. People on the train described a scene of panic and devastation in a rural area that was difficult for rescuers to reach.

The train, the Nevsky Express, is a preferred means of travel for the Russian elite between the country’s two most important cities. Among the dead were a former senator and a senior official in the federal economics ministry.

At the attack site, 200 miles northwest of Moscow, investigators reported Saturday that they had found remnants of a homemade bomb, equivalent to 15 pounds of TNT, that left a crater five feet deep. The bomb was apparently planted on the tracks and detonated while the second half of the train was passing.

Vladimir I. Yakunin, president of Russian Railways, said: “The basic version that is being investigated by the lead investigators is that it was an unknown device, by unknown persons. Simply put, a terrorist act.”

Mr. Yakunin said a second, less powerful explosive went off Saturday at the site of the crash. No one was hurt…

On Saturday, all rail service between Moscow and St. Petersburg, 450 miles away, was suspended, and there were widespread reports that Russians were canceling trips out of concern over possible attacks…

Victims spoke of disarray soon after the crash, with rescuers delayed in arriving and then lacking equipment to extract people from the railway cars, according to interviews on Russian television. They said it was several hours before proper equipment arrived

Russia’s Soviet-era infrastructure, which has often not been well maintained in recent years, has also caused deadly rail catastrophes. In addition, negligence and misconduct, sometimes caused by alcohol, have been factor in accidents.

On Saturday, Yekaterina Ivanova, one of the wounded passengers, told the NTV network that the evacuation was frustratingly slow.

“In the hospital, the doctors are better, the medical teams are working in harmony,” she said. “The young people from the Ministry of Emergency Situations carried us out on stretchers, but other people in uniform were just standing there and staring, and no one was even helping to carry out the wounded.”

Ms. Ivanova said rescue personnel did not manage to extract her from the train until 1:30 a.m., nearly four hours after the derailment

Victims’ relatives told television networks that government hot lines did not function well, and that when they got through, there was little information.

“When we asked for some contact phone numbers, the lady told us that it didn’t fall within her job description,” a relative said…

What a typical story of bureaucratic efficiency from the Soviet Union Russia.

And what a typical piece of journalism from the New York Times.

The cause of the crash of one of Russia’s most illustrious trains was identified on Saturday as a homemade bomb that went off on the tracks between Moscow and St. Petersburg, killing more than 25 people, wounding scores of others and raising fears of a new era of terrorism here.

No, the cause of the crash was Muslim terrorism. And it certainly isn’t new.

But Allah forefend that The Times should ever suggest such a thing.

Somehow these attacks are always such a mystery to them.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, November 28th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Bomb Causes Derailment of Russian Train”

  1. caligirl9 says:

    Sadly, this same thing will happen in the United States. It’s a matter of time, and it will be despite the efforts of hundreds of dedicated rail security employees trying to stop it. Why will it happen?
    Unsecured borders.
    Who will do it? The usual suspects.
    But U.S. media will be far too politically correct to say it …

  2. proreason says:

    Maybe somebody keyed the perpetrator’s car.

  3. beautyofreason says:

    Hardly new. Let’s not forget the Beslan massacre of 2004 (Bush’s fault too?), where terrorists of Sufi Muslim persuasion called the “martyr battalion” targeted a Russian school and held over 700 little kids hostage. More than 150 of those children died, and 300 people lost their lives in all.

    Lest we forget these little bits (pasted from wikipedia – not a great source, I know, but helpful):

    “Shortly after the crisis, official Russian sources stated that the attackers were part of an international group led by Basayev that included a number of Arabs with connections to al-Qaeda, and said they picked up phone calls in Arabic from the Beslan school to Saudi Arabia and another undisclosed Middle Eastern country.[147] Two English/Algerians are among the identified rebels who actively participated in the attack: Osman Larussi and Yacine Benalia. Another UK citizen named Kamel Rabat Bouralha, arrested while trying to leave Russia immediately following the attack, was suspected to be a key organizer. All three were linked to the Finsbury Park Mosque of north London.[148][149] ”

    Also from Wikipedia, a letter from one of the terrorists:

    From Allah’s slave Shamil Basayev to President Putin.
    Vladimir Putin, it wasn’t you who started this war. But you can finish it if you have enough courage and determination of de Gaulle. We offer you a sensible peace based on mutual benefit by the principle—independence in exchange for security. In case of troops withdrawal and acknowledgment of independence of Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, we are obliged not to make any political, military, or economic treaties with anyone against Russia, not to accommodate foreign military bases on our territory even temporarily, not to support and not to finance groups or organizations carrying out a military struggle against RF, to be present in the united ruble zone, to enter CIS. Besides, we can sign a treaty even though a neutral state status is more acceptable to us. We can also guarantee a renunciation of armed struggle against RF by all Muslims of Russia for at least 10 to 15 years under condition of freedom of faith. We are not related to the apartment bombings in Moscow and Volgodonsk, but we can take responsibility for this in an acceptable way.
    The Chechen people is leading a nation-liberating struggle for its freedom and independence, for its self-protection rather than for destruction or humiliation of Russia. We offer you peace, but the choice is yours.
    Allahu Akbar
    Signature

    Source:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beslan_school_hostage_crisis#Motives_and_demands
    Surprise. Yet again these so-called independence movements turn out to be Islamic thugs who target non-Muslim civilians for political power. Freedom of faith indeed – to what, kill people?

  4. Chuckk says:

    I’m sure the Russians brought it on themselves. Maybe we can loan them some community organizers to put together a conference on understanding Islam.

  5. Helena says:

    This is the best part:

    “The young people from the Ministry of Emergency Situations carried us out on stretchers, but other people in uniform were just standing there and staring, and no one was even helping to carry out the wounded.”
    Victims’ relatives told television networks that government hot lines did not function well…“When we asked for some contact phone numbers, the lady told us that it didn’t fall within her job description,” a relative said…”

    Putin and his oil billionaire thug cronies had better start doing some serious work on their country if they want to even have a country to steal from.


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