Iran halts Tehran-Ankara train services for security reasons

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Following a bomb attack on a railroad used by a train traveling from Turkey’s Ankara to the Iranian capital, Tehran, Iran cancelled all Thursday trains to the Turkish capital in a bid to ensure the safety of passengers.

Iran’s Rail Transportation Company (Raja) announced in a statement on Friday that it has cancelled its train services to the neighboring country on Thursday, and will not dispatch any train to Ankara until Turkish authorities make official comments.

The statement came after a remote-controlled mine was detonated on a railroad line east of Turkey on Thursday, causing damage to a train travelling from Ankara to Tehran.

In its statement, Iran’s Raja has declared that the incident had no casualties and all passengers are safe and are returning to the country.

The Trans-Asian service was travelling between Genc in Turkey’s eastern province of Bingol and Suveren, Igdir province, when it was “targeted by suspected (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) PKK militants,” Bingol Governor Yavuz Selim Kosger told the Anadolu Agency.

The PKK has increased its operations inside the Turkish soil after Ankara’s air force attacked the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions in Syria and Kurdish PKK militants in Northern Iraq last few days.

After the attack, an explosion hit the Iran-Turkey natural gas pipeline in the eastern Turkish province of Agrı on Monday. Iran stopped gas flow to that country immediately after being informed of the incident.

By Tasnim News Agency