Germany looks into possible political motive in rail sabotage | So Good News


BERLIN (AP) – German police said Monday they are investigating the possibility of a political motive in the suspected sabotage of a rail communications system over the weekend that brought trains across the country’s northwest to a standstill.

Officials say cables were deliberately cut in a suburb of Berlin and in Herne in western Germany, places 440 kilometers apart.

Trains in the northwestern states of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and Bremen were stopped for almost three hours on Saturday morning. Rail operator Deutsche Bahn said it was necessary because a digital train radio system failed.

The authorities opened an investigation into suspected dangerous disruption of rail traffic.

Police in the western city of Bochum said on Monday that their state protection unit is conducting the investigation “because a political motivation is also being investigated.” They did not elaborate on what the potential motivation might have been.


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