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Iran: Provincial governor rejects possibility of sabotage in train disaster

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Khorasan Province Governor-General Hassan Rasuli on 23 February dismissed the possibility of sabotage as the cause of an 18 February railroad disaster in northeastern Iran that left about 300 dead, IRNA reported. State agencies, however, are still investigating the incident (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 23 February 2004), and the casualty figures have not been finalized. Mohammad Maqduri, an official from the Khorasan Province governorate, revised an earlier report of 315 dead downward to 289, according to IRNA. Maqduri added that 460 people were injured. Some 150 state employees were killed, including the Nishabur governor, the local electricity board chief, and the fire chief. Twenty-five of the dead have been identified, he said. BS
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