Criminal case opened into ammo-loaded train explosion in Novosibirsk region

 A criminal investigation has been launched following an explosion and fire on a freight train carrying ammunition slated for disposal in Russia's Novosibirsk region, a source in investigative agencies told Interfax on Thursday. "A criminal case was opened based on Part 1, Article 349 of the Russian Penal Code. An investigation is underway," he said.

Specialists finished examining the site on Wednesday evening.

Letters of inquiry are being compiled and documents are being confiscated.

Soldiers guarding the train have already offered their explanation for the incident. "All of the necessary examinations have been ordered," the source said.

The fire is believed to have started on one of the railcars of freight train number 2358 carrying ammunition on the railway between the stations of Chulym and Duplenskaya at 8:00 a.m. Moscow time on July 25. Subsequently, the fire spread to several other cars which led to one of them exploding.

The train was stopped in an unpopulated place. The engine drivers and soldiers guarding the train rushed to safety. No one was hurt in the incident. The fire destroyed one car completely and another five partially.

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