The Investigative Committee (IC) opened a criminal case under the article on terrorism (Part 1 of Article 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) following an explosion in the Severomuisky tunnel on the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM). This was reported by Kommersant with reference to a source familiar with the investigation. According to him, a case has been initiated against unidentified persons.
“It has been previously established that the fire in the fuel tank was the result of the detonation of an unidentified explosive device allegedly located under the car,” the publication’s source said.
The explosion in the Severomuisky tunnel occurred on the night of November 30. Suspilne’s sources in law enforcement agencies claim that the SBU is behind the operation. Later, the American television channel CNN reported the same version, citing its sources.
According to Suspilne, four explosive devices went off while a freight train was moving on the Itykit – Okushikan section of the East Siberian Railway. According to the Baza telegram channel associated with the security forces, three tank cars with fuel were damaged, one of them burned out completely. The Russian side reported only about smoke in one of the tanks. Baza also wrote that one of the possible causes of the fire was a short circuit.
The Severomuysky tunnel is the longest on the BAM, its length is about 15 km. BAM is a backup of the Trans-Siberian Railway and is used, among other things, for transporting goods from China.