“Sabotage” targeting communications infrastructure was to blame for major disruption to the German railway network on Saturday, operator Deutsche Bahn said while the government said no motive had yet been identified.
The incident, which resulted in a three-hour stoppage of rail operations throughout northern Germany, was caused by “cable sabotage,” a company official told AFP.
Volker Wissing, the German Minister of Transport, claimed that crucial cables “were purposefully and intentionally damaged” in two locations.
“It is clear that this was a targeted and deliberate action,” he added, saying the motive was not “yet known”.
He described the incident as “clearly premeditated”.
According to Der Spiegel, which cited security sources, there was specific damage to the GSM-R radio network, which is used for communication on the railway.
The Bild daily stated that federal police were conducting an investigation and that any damage to the cable would require “certain knowledge” of the rail system.
According to Deutsche Bahn, the “breakdown in the digital radio system for the trains” caused a three-hour total disruption in traffic until it was resumed.
Services between Berlin and the western and northern sections of the country, such as Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Bremen, Lower Saxony, and parts of North Rhine-Westphalia, were impacted.
Protection of critical infrastructure
Additionally suspended was the Berlin-Amsterdam route, leaving thousands of passengers stuck at stations throughout the effected areas.
Deutsche Bahn cautioned that despite the return of rail service, cancellations and delays were still anticipated on Saturday.
A little more than two weeks have passed since sabotage attempts were made on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines that connect Germany and Russia.
Additionally, the German government has increased the security of its vital infrastructure.
Deutsche Bahn receives criticism frequently for service delays.
The business announced at the beginning of September that it would carry out extensive rehabilitation projects, including the replacement of 137,000 concrete sleepers.
An unbiased investigation accused the sleepers of having “production flaws.”
The early-June train crash in the Bavarian Alps, which left five people dead and more than 40 injured, brought attention to the deteriorating condition of German rail infrastructure due to years of underinvestment.
Germans who love their cars have recently been enticed to take the railway by the government by providing affordable tickets.
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