Train travel suspended between Thailand and Malaysia after Saturday’s bomb blast

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Train travel on the railway linking Thailand and Malaysia has been suspended as officials investigate a bomb blast that derailed a cargo train early on Saturday (Dec 3) afternoon, officials from the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said on Sunday.

The blast derailed 11 of the cargo train’s 20 cars and severely damaged rail tracks in Songkhla province’s Sadao district, police said. The blast occurred at 12.50 pm yesterday and was caused by an improvised explosive device, they said.

No one was injured by the blast or derailment.

The SRT has already suspended three trains from using the route: two from Hat Yai to Padang Besar, Malaysia and one from Padang Besar to Bangkok, said SRT Region 4 operation center director Royumi Maroze.

He said that the SRT would continue to investigate the scene of the blast and evaluate safety on the route.

Panumat Phromchot, a chief engineer at SRT’s rail maintenance division in Hat Yai, confirmed that a team of engineers would investigate the derailed cars and the badly damaged tracks today.

Train travel suspended between Thailand and Malaysia after Saturday’s bomb blast

Agencies

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