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5 Jan, 2010 09:29

Russian military considers armored trains for railroad defense

Russian military considers armored trains for railroad defense

Russia’s Defense Ministry may deploy in the Caucasus two armored trains, which were withdrawn from Chechnya two years ago.

This is linked to the aggravation of the security situation in Russia’s southern republics of Dagestan, Chechnya and Ingushetia, Interfax reports, citing its sources in law-enforcement bodies.

The trains have not been used since their withdrawal and are currently stationed in the neighboring Stavropol region. They are equipped with special devices for the removal of landmines and heavy weapons capable of countering an attack by armed militants along the railways.

On Monday a cargo train was blasted in Ingushetia near the city of Nazran. There were no casualties according to the republic’s Interior Ministry.