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Train services in northern Germany were paralyzed. Initial findings point to targeted sabotage of rail infrastructure

Train services in northern Germany were paralyzed. Initial findings point to targeted sabotage of rail infrastructure
photo: Deutsche Bahn/Train services in northern Germany were paralyzed. Initial findings point to targeted sabotage of rail infrastructure
10 / 10 / 2022

On Saturday morning, Germany's national carrier Deutsche Bahn was disrupted by an act of sabotage where track cables were severed, prompting authorities to investigate the case as a suspected act of sabotage.

The GSM-R digital radio system, responsible for communication between the data centers that control rail traffic, was impacted, leading to an interruption of services for several hours. The disruption began with InterCity-Express (ICE), InterCity (IC), and EuroCity (EC) trains, followed by regional and long-distance trains in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, and Bremen, causing a complete stoppage of train service in northern Germany, including connections between Berlin and Cologne, Berlin and Amsterdam, and cross-border with Denmark.

It remains unknown who carried out the attack and for what reason. CDU/CSU parliamentary faction leader, Thorsten Frei, indicated that the attack showed a high level of organization and required considerable inside information. Given the recent sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline, some believe this may have been a targeted attack by a foreign power, possibly motivated by the ongoing war in Ukraine, raising concerns over the security of critical infrastructure in EU member states. Experts have suggested Russia may be involved in the attack, potentially further fueling the ongoing hybrid warfare in the region. Investigations are ongoing, and it remains to be seen if this was indeed an act by Russia or someone else.

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