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Blast rocks railway bridge in Russia’s Samara, rail traffic suspended

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Rail traffic in Russia’s Samara region was suspended on Monday after an explosion on a bridge, Russian news agencies reported, citing rescue services.

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“An intervention by non-authorized persons” caused the incident, the railways company said in a statement, adding that no-one was injured as a result.

“Rail traffic is suspended for the moment at this section,” it said.

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“An explosive device damaged a pillar on a rail bridge” over the Chapaevka river, the official TASS agency quoted a source at the rescue services as saying.

Ukraine claimed on Monday responsibility for the railway blast in Russia, saying it blew up the bridge because it was being used to transport “military cargo”.

“A railway bridge over the Chapaevka River in Russia's Samara region was blown up. On 4 March 2024, at around 6:00 am (0200 GMT), the bridge was damaged by blowing up its support structures,” Ukraine's military intelligence said.

Russia was using the railway line to transport ammunition from a plant in the town of Chapayevsk, it said.

“Given the nature of the damage to the railway bridge, its use will not be possible for a long time,” it added.

Russia’s rail network has seen a number of sabotage incidents after Moscow sent troops to Ukraine in February 2022.

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