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Published on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 19:39
One person was injured when a train travelling to Mandalay from Myitkyina hit a landmine that had been laid on its tracks near Indaw town in Sagaing Region on Sunday morning, passengers said.
The blast occurred between mile posts No. 21 and 22 as the train travelled from Nantseaung to Mawlue stations, injuring its driver Aung Kyaw, they said.
The blast overturned the engine and the next two cars and blew the wheels off the third, according to railway staff.
There have been 72 landmine attacks on the Myitkyina-Mandalay railway since the ceasefire between the Kachin Independence Army and government troops unraveled. A landmine set on the Nabar-Myitkyina route between Hopin and Nankhwin stations killed one passenger on January 9.
After two explosions within one week in Sagaing Region ticket sales have fallen nearly 50 percent, ticket sellers said. “People are in a state of panic,” one said.