Railway booby-trap was 'murder bid'

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2 November 2004, AMSTERDAM — Dutch prosecutors and the police believe that the makeshift booby-trap which sparked a fireball in the driver's cabin of a train in Nijmegen last month was an "attempt to kill".

2 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — Dutch prosecutors and the police believe that the makeshift booby-trap which sparked a fireball in the driver's cabin of a train in Nijmegen last month was an "attempt to kill".

A train driver was injured on October 22 when his train passed by a point on the tracks near Dukenburg station in Nijmegen. Someone had thrown an industrial cord which was connected to a bench vice above the overhead power lines, so a short circuit occurred when the train passed.

This generated a fireball that burst through the front window of the train into the drivers' cabin. He was momentarily blinded, injured his elbow, and there were scorch marks on his clothes.

Police spokesman Frans Zuiderhoek said the makeshift trap was intended to "kill the driver".

"Given the man or woman's actions, we can't come to any other conclusion," he said.

The police received 18 anonymous tips about potential suspects after the incident was made public. But Zuiderhoek said the investigation was ongoing and there were no indications of an early arrest.
 
[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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