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Saturday, July 23, 2011

"Saboteurs" derail Syrian train, driver killed: officials

A train carrying 400 passengers derailed on Saturday and its driver was killed when "saboteur groups" dismantled a section of a northern railway, Syrian officials said.

The incident occurred near the central city of Homs, which has witnessed a military crackdown on demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad.

Homs governor Hassan Abdelal said the train was carrying troops and civilians and that "destiny" helped to prevent further casualties.

"The saboteurs came by motorcycles. The train derailed near a high voltage power line and the driver was burned to death. The saboteurs are bent on increasing operations and they must be confronted," Abdelaal told Syria's state television.

State television showed images of a burning and overturned train and a dismantled section of the track.

Syrian authorities have expelled most independent journalists from the country, making it difficult to verify witness accounts of events and official statements. (more)