German mainline railways sabotaged in 2 places

15th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 November 2005, BERLIN - Two of Germany's principal railway lines were sabotaged early Tuesday by attackers who cut the overhead electricity wires that feed power to the locomotives, and the railways system said militant anti-nuclear protesters may have been to blame.

15 November 2005

BERLIN - Two of Germany's principal railway lines were sabotaged early Tuesday by attackers who cut the overhead electricity wires that feed power to the locomotives, and the railways system said militant anti-nuclear protesters may have been to blame.

Under cover of night, the saboteurs used grappling hooks to tear down the live wires in countryside just west of Berlin where the lines fork towards the port city of Hamburg and the northern city of Hanover.

The Deutsche Bahn rail company said the attacks were most likely by anti-nuclear militants who have conducted similar attacks in the past whenever shipments of nuclear waste were about to be carried by rail.

One of those rare shipments is set to take place next week with thousands of police guarding the tracks against sabotage.

At police headquarters in nearby Potsdam, a spokeswoman declined to confirm or deny that hypothesis. She said the inquiry was open.

Deutsche Bahn said a goods train and the day's first Hamburg-bound ICE passenger express train were halted when the power failed suddenly. On the other line, the Warsaw-to-Brussels express was immobilized. Services resumed when the wires were repaired.

Next week's nuclear shipments are unlikely to travel via Berlin. The 12 containers of waste are to be moved from Valognes, France to a dump at Gorleben, south of Hamburg. In September, suspected militants set a transportable police bunkhouse near Gorleben on fire.

DPA

Subject: German news

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