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'Sabotage' derails Georgian train

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A goods train has been derailed in a blast in Georgia, which officials said was "sabotage". No-one was hurt.

A railway spokeswoman said TNT may have been used against the train, which was carrying oil products. The blast broke nearby windows and damaged power lines.

It took place on a line between Senaki and the Black Sea port of Poti, one of two used to transport oil and gas to Europe from the Caspian Sea.

There have been several recent blasts in the area, near breakaway Abkhazia.

Some have been described by Georgian officials as "terrorist acts", and blamed on separatists from Abkhazia.

There have been tensions in western Georgia since the war between Russia and Georgia in August 2008 over another breakaway region, South Ossetia.

Following the conflict Russia recognised both regions as independent.



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