CALCUTTA, India — An overnight passenger train was derailed by an explosion then hit by another train early Friday as it travelled through a rebel stronghold of eastern India, a railway official said. A government official said at least 15 people had been killed and 150 injured.
The railway official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said 13 passenger cars on a train out of Calcutta were derailed by the explosion, in a rural area about 150 kilometres south of the city. At least some of those coaches were then hit by a cargo train coming from the other direction.
The blast occurred in a rural stronghold of India’s Maoist rebels, known as Naxalites, who have stepped up their attacks in recent months. However, officials cautioned that it was too early to say whether the blast had been triggered by the Maoists.