Fuel train explodes after hitting mine in Georgia

August 24th, 2008 - 6:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Tbilisi, Aug 24 (Xinhua) A fuel train exploded after hitting a mine on an important railway line near the central Georgian town of Gori Sunday, news reports said.There were no immediate reports of casualties in the blast, which occurred at around 10.30 a.m. west of Gori, sending out huge flames, Georgian news agency Caucasus Press reported.

“A train carrying fuel ran over a mine,” a Georgian interior ministry spokesman was quoted by RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

The incident took place next to an abandoned Georgian military base occupied by Russian troops during recent fighting over breakaway South Ossetia, RIA Novosti reported.

The railway line, which links eastern and western Georgia, is a key route for oil exports from Azerbaijan to European markets.

The blast happened two days after Russian troops and armoured vehicles pulled out from Gori, 76 km northwest of the Georgian capital.

Moscow sent in troops after Georgia launched attacks against South Ossetia Aug 7 in an attempt to regain control of the breakaway region.

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