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Second passenger train attacked in eastern Turkey

Driver slightly injured in second landmine blast in less than 24 hours

31.07.2015
Second passenger train attacked in eastern Turkey

VAN, Turkey

A second passenger train was attacked in the early hours of Friday morning following a similar attack a day earlier, police said.

The service, which runs between Iran and Turkey, was hit by a blast from a remotely detonated landmine just after midnight, in an attack blamed on Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants, a local gendarme official said on condition of anonymity. The PKK is designated as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU and U.S.

The driver was slightly injured as the train approached Kecikayasi, a village in Turkey’s Van province close to the Iranian border.

Passengers, including Iranian tourists, continued their journey to Van, by bus.

Hours earlier, the Trans-Asian rail service from Ankara to Tehran was targeted in a similar mine attack. There were no casualties and the train was able to continue.

Also on Thursday, a German-made land mine was discovered aboard another train in eastern Turkey.

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