Damaged communications cables halted traffic for nearly three hours in the northern part of the country
Rail passengers wait for a train on a platform following major disruption at the main train station in Berlin, Germany, October 8, 2022 © AFP / John MacDougall
Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway company, said that an act of “sabotage” had affected its radio communications network on Saturday morning. The incident brought rail traffic in the northern part of the nation to a standstill and stopped trains to and from Denmark and the Netherlands.
According to Der Spiegel, the company’s communications network failed completely at around 6:40am local time. The newspaper said that “unknown persons” severed a data line in a cable duct near Berlin, while another one near Dortmund was also sabotaged. According to the paper’s sources, saboteurs would have needed “information about the railway network and how you can paralyze it.”
«Due to sabotage of cables, which are indispensable for train traffic, Deutsche Bahn had to stop train traffic in the north for almost three hours this morning,» a spokeswoman for the company said. In a separate statement later on Saturday, Transport Minister Volker Wissing said that the cables were “cut deliberately and willfully.»