World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's Transport, Marine and Communications Ministry has reported 270 sabotage attempts on the Ankara-Istanbul high-speed train line in the month of May, as it approaches the end of its construction.
'In the past few weeks we have noted around 200 sabotage attempts at 60 locations on signaling and communications cables as well as the cutting of 70 rail junction connection systems,' the ministry said in a statement.
'For this reason, the opening of the line has been delayed until June,' the ministry declared, claiming that the line has been subjected to 'systematic sabotage'.
The ministry also confirmed that they have contacted the authorities and that an investigation is underway to find the perpetrators.
'This is a betrayal of 77 million people who have been waiting for this project to be complete,' the ministry said.
Transport, Marine and Communications Minister Lutfi Elvan said that the culprits had opened signalization boxes and cut the cables before promising to make the necessary repairs as soon as possible.Last Mod: 26 Mayıs 2014, 13:08