The No (6) Yangon-Mandalay express train departing from Kyauktaga Station derailed on 13 December between Kyauktaga and Peinzalode Station, near the bridges (No 146 and 147), Kyauktaga Township, Bago Region, due to the explosion of landmines by KNLA insurgents and PDF terrorists.
Three passenger coaches, together with the locomotive, derailed as the train track was broken due to the bomb blast.
The railway segment was temporarily closed and other train schedules are postponed due to the derailment, resulting in passengers experienced delays in their journey.
The local security forces are promptly securing the bomb blast site. Myanma Railway employees are promptly making efforts to repair the damage and resume the train trips as usual.
In addition, Myanmar Railways officials arranged packed lunches and purified drinking water for passengers whose journey was delayed due to the derailment. Passengers were further transported to Yangon by vehicles.
From 1 February 2021 and 13 December 2023, terrorists and insurgent groups have committed 129 bomb attacks on railway and in the areas of the railway stations, 46 bomb attacks on rail bridges, and 12 arson attacks on station buildings and staff homes.
The Government is making public travel and freight transport convenient and fast. In this regard, it has been making arrangement for better railway infrastructures and for projects to upgrade the rail transportation system. By contrast, insurgents and terrorists have repeatedly committed terrorist acts to inflict damages on State-owned locomotives, coaches and goods; have threatened the lives of travellers as well as given them not to use rely on rail transportation again and atrociously interrupted the upgrades of rail projects. So, the people strongly oppose and condemn the atrocities of the terrorists and insurgents, it is reported.
Source: Myawady Daily Newspaper (14-12-2023)
- The No (6) Yangon-Mandalay express train derailed between Kyauktaga and Peinzalode stations and further delays occurred due to the bomb blast carried out by terrorists.
- From 1 February 2021 and 13 December 2023, terrorists and insurgent groups have committed 129 bomb attacks on railway and in the areas of the railway stations, 46 bomb attacks on rail bridges, and 12 arson attacks on station buildings and staff homes.