COMMUTERS infuriated by train delays have set fire to at least 11 cars on a rail line linking Buenos Aires to its populous western suburbs, televised images showed. The chain of fires began during the morning rush hour at the suburban Haedo station, 16 kilometres west of Buenos Aires, and quickly spread to the neighbouring Ramos Mejia and Ciudadela stations.
Commuters reacted angrily after service was suspended following a derailment near a station in the city.
But Justice Minister Juan Pablo Schiavi said the privately owned operator, Trenes de Buenos Aires, had lodged a complaint of "sabotage."
Looks like it was an orchestrated attack. Three surveillance cameras at three stations were smashed, the train cars were torched using some kind of flammable liquids (passengers normally do not board trains with gasoline).
Speculation includes that it may be a labor union dispute with the operator of the railway.
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