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Suspected bomb derails Moscow-St Petersburg train, kills at least 25

Suspected bomb derails Moscow-St Petersburg train, kills at least 25

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An express train travelling from Moscow to St Petersburg in Russia derailed yesterday, leaving at least 25 people dead and 100 more wounded. Authorities suspect a terrorist attack after a possible bomb crater was found beside the line.

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The trainwreck occurred in the countryside of Tver, near Bologoye. Around 650 passengers were on board the Nevsky Express which was travelling during peak time along one of Russia’s most-traversed rail routes. Ninety of the injured are hospitalised, with hundreds of rescue workers attending and three victims being airlifted by helicopter.

Survivors say they heard a loud bang just before the crash. “There was an explosion under the locomotive,” the driver said as he called the Emergencies Ministry from his mobile phone. “I do not know what we hit. We are derailed. The locomotive and carriages, I do not know yet what else, everything is in smoke.”

The prosecutor-general has launched a terrorism investigation. Vladimir Yakunin, head of state-owned Russian Railways, said the chief line of enquiry is “To put it simply, a terrorist attack.” “There is objective evidence that … a blast from an explosive device is one of the explanations for the Nevsky Express incident,” he said.

Cquote1.svg There was an explosion under the locomotive. I do not know what we hit. We are derailed Cquote2.svg

—Train driver’s emergency call

The Interfax agency reported the crater was a metre wide. Russian journalists reporting from the scene were unable to locate it. President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a full investigation and assistance for the victims. The Health Ministry said that over a dozen people remain missing.

Russian railway infrastructure is poorly maintained and plagued by negligence and alcohol abuse, according to The Guardian. There is also a high concern of terrorism, especially from rebels in Chechnya. Two Chechnyan rebels are accused of a 2007 bombing that derailed a train on the same line, wounding 27 people.



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Namibia votes in presidential election

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Voters are heading to the polls today in Namibia to elect a president and parliament The ruling South West Africa People’s Organization is expected to win presidential and parliamentary elections, but a new opposition party is mounting a challenge.

Voters turned out in large numbers before dawn to cast their ballots. Local journalist John Grobler said many waited for hours to vote because of logistical problems. “Voting is slow in just about all the polling stations, but especially so at the polling stations where they don’t have any laptop computers to verify the potential voters on the actual roll, which means they have to go to the physical paper. And that, of course, takes time,” he said.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba is running for a second five-year term. His South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO), which has governed Namibia since independence nearly twenty years ago, is expected to win a two-thirds majority in parliament.

However, SWAPO is being challenged by a new party, the Rally for Democracy and Progress. The RDP was formed two years ago after its leader, Hidipo Hamutenya, lost his bid to become SWAPO leader upon the retirement of Namibia’s first president, Sam Nujoma.

Voting will continue for a second day on Saturday and preliminary results are expected sometime next week.



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Ferry capsizes in Bangladesh, at least five dead and 50 missing

Ferry capsizes in Bangladesh, at least five dead and 50 missing

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A ferry has sunk in Bangladesh earlier today, killing at least five people, according to authorities. About fifty more people were missing after the incident.

Police said that the accident occurred as the vessel, called the MV Coco-4, came near a river station at Bhola Island, located 300 kilometres from the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. The ferry was reportedly overcrowded, and the boat tipped to one side as all its passengers moved to disembark.

“It was overcrowded with over 1,000 passengers. It tilted and part of it sank due to crowd pressure as it arrived near the Nazirpur river station,” said a local police chief, Zakir Hossain, to the Agence France-Presse news agency. He also added that “many passengers have managed to land safely. But we believe some others who were staying in the cabins were trapped under water. We are trying to rescue them,” Rescue teams and divers are reportedly searching underwater for bodies.

Ferry accidents are not infrequent in the country; incidents have usually been due to overcrowding, or the use of old vessels. “At festival time it is really difficult to stop passengers and relevant ferry operators from flouting rules,” said an officer for the Bangladesh water authority.



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