Russian train containing strange white powder derailed in sabotage explosion

Nineteen carriages of a Russian cargo train that were carrying a mysterious white powder crashed off the tracks in a supposed 'sabotage attack'.

Earlier today, a large explosion echoed around the Ryazan region, 130 miles southeast of the country's capital city of Moscow, at 7:12am local time (Saturday, November 11), in an area that is known for its wealth generated by the water and land routes that pass through it.

The region is particularly renowned for its power industry engineering and metalworking, which helps a thriving community, with an extremely low crime rate. As per cost of living, Ryazan doesn't have much of a problem with drugs or violent assaults, making today's incident all the more confusing.

READ MORE: 'World’s loneliest sheep' rescue mission was ‘stolen’ say animal rights group

The enormous explosion tore apart the railway line, sending the carriages hurtling off the track and into the forest environment that lay beside it.

Upon receiving the call, police arrived at the scene and discovered a white powder in seven of the overturned wagons. This has officially been named as 'mineral fertiliser'. The contents of the other carriages has remained unclear.

Speculation has arisen that the well-thought-out attack was either conducted by Ukrainian operatives in Russia or Russian partisans who are sympathetic towards the people of Kyiv.

Today's events occurred shortly after kamikaze drone attacks on a Russian gunpowder plant and a factory crafting Iskander-M and other missiles.

While an exact suspect has not been revealed, the Russian authorities were quick to claim 'Sabotage', alleging that those responsible set out to attack that train in particular.

The CCTV cameras at the scene captured the defeating sound of the explosion that caused so much destruction and ultimately caused the derailing of the train.

Join the Daily Star's WhatsApp for the sexiest headlines, showbiz gossip and lots more

The Daily Star is now on WhatsApp and we want you to join us!

Through the app, we'll send you the sassiest showbiz stories, some naught headline and a seismic smattering of aliens…along with the latest breaking news of course.

To join our community, all you have to do to join is click on this link, select 'Join Chat' and you're in!

No one will be able to see who has sign up and no one can send messages except for the Daily Star team. We also treat our community members to competitions, special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners.

If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. To leave our community click on the name at the top of your screen and choose Exit group. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice.


‌In a statement, Russian Railways said that the crash was: "A result of interference by unauthorised persons in the operation of railway transport."

Due to the shocking ordeal, the driver sustained injuries, prompting an ambulance to be called. However, it has since been confirmed that the damage was only minor.

A report said: “There is no threat to the environment from the carriage derailment.”

‌Following the criminal offence, the Russian Investigative Committee launched a criminal probe into the explosion and derailment.

To get more stories from the Daily Star delivered straight to your inbox, sign up to one of our free newsletters here.

Source: Read Full Article