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Four dead as India train derails, sabotage suspected

Published on Jun 25, 2014 11:43 AM

PATNA, India (AFP) - A passenger train derailed in eastern India on Wednesday, killing four people, after a suspected explosion on the tracks during a protest called by Maoist insurgents, officials said.

Some 12 carriages of the Rajdhani Express, which was travelling from the capital New Delhi to the northeastern state of Assam, toppled over at around 2am (4-30am Singapore time) in Bihar state’s Saran district.

Eight other passengers were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries.

One of the casualties, Mr Ram Pratap Singh, described how passengers in sleeper carriages were awoken by a “loud noise”.

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