Iran railways: Train subject to attack in Turkey not Iranian

Tehran, July 25, IRNA – The train which came under attack in Turkey on Saturday was not Iranian, the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways said on Monday.

Sadeq Sekri, the director of the public relations department of the Islamic Republic of Iran railways told IRNA that the cargo train which was derailed due to an explosion on the railway in Erzurum, Turkey was not Iranian.

An explosion on the way of Van-Iran cargo train near the Iranian border in Turkey has left no casualties, Iranian Consul General in Erzurum Hossein Qassemi on Monday.

Qassemi told IRNA that the explosion, which occurred on Saturday, damaged the locomotive and made the train to stop.

Qassemi said that the train was carrying iron, tobacco and MDF from Iran to Van when it came under attack 30 kilometers into the Turkish soil.

Meanwhile, Van governorate general announced on Monday that a cargo train heading to Van from Iran was attacked and derailed by a bomb planted by PKK terrorist organization in a border city in Van province.

Following clashes between Turkish government forces and PKK militia in eastern and southeastern Turkey over the past year, Iran and Turkey cancelled their passenger train travels. But cargo trains continue to have limited travels between the two countries.

Several Iranian trucks have come under attack and set on fire so far.

Iran lodged complaint with the Turkish government to seek compensation for the losses inflicted on Iranian lorry drivers. Ankara has yet to pay compensation to Iran.

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