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Bomb derails Grozny-Moscow train

Acts of terror
Railway Accidents
Moscow (Russia)

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- A passenger train bound for Moscow from Chechnya derailed after an explosive device detonated on the tracks 90 miles south of the Russian capital Sunday morning, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency.

Fifteen people on the train were treated at a hospital for their injuries suffered when six of the cars left the tracks, the news agency said.

ITAR-Tass quoted the engineer saying a bomb exploded on the tracks in front of the train. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said the bomb had the explosive power of three kilos of TNT.

The damage and casualties could have been more serious if it had not happened at a location along the tracks where trains normally slow down to test their brakes, an official said.

Transportation Minister Sergey Frank said service would be restored in about four hours and that a train scheduled to leave Moscow for Grozny later Sunday evening would depart as scheduled.

The train originated in Grozny, according to the report.

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