Breaking News: 'Terrorist' bomb derails Syria fuel train, injures 3: SANA

Saturday 14 Jan 2012

Syria official media reports that a train was carrying 1,000 tonnes of fuel used for power generation was bombed injuring three people in northwestern province of Idlib

A "terrorist" bomb derailed a fuel-laden train on Saturday and set it on fire, injuring three crew members, in Syria's restive northwestern province of Idlib, state news agency SANA reported.

"An explosive device laid by an armed terrorist group on a railway line between the stations of Mahmabil and Bishmarun ... derailed a train loaded with fuel, setting it ablaze," SANA said.

The train was carrying 1,000 tonnes of fuel used for power generation.

Separately, another "armed terrorist group" sabotaged a 400 watt power distribution plant linking a power station in the eastern region of Deir Ezzor to Hassakeh in the northeast, SANA said.

Attacks on power stations and gas pipelines, together with the oil embargo imposed by the European Union in September, have caused severe electricity and fuel shortages in Syria alongside cold winter weather, which this week saw heavy snowfall in several regions.

More than 5,000 people have lost their lives in the 10 months of violence in Syria, the United Nations estimated last month, with the government frequently accusing foreign parties and terrorist groups of working to undermine stability.

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