Train Robbers Getting You Down?

by Nathan Hamm on 6/23/2005 · 2 comments

Kazakhstan’s got you covered.

(MosNews) Kazakh trains will soon be guarded by mounted police in a bid to combat horsemen who have been robbing passengers in the country’s southern regions, Itar-Tass reported. Three or four mounted policemen will work at every railway station.

A senior official of the Interior Railway Department, Daniyarbeck Musaev, told the agency that bandits have been repeatedly attacking carriages when passengers get out of a train at stations to get some fresh air. The windows of the compartments are usually left open due to the hot weather, so it takes robbers only a few seconds to snatch passengers’ belongings and escape on horseback.

“We know that (as soon as a train stops) a robbery will take place, but there is nothing we can do,” Musaev said. “A running man cannot catch a rider, and a car cannot drive where a horse gallops.”

“Railroad and mounted police are, of course, a very unusual combination, but otherwise we will not get the better of the bandits,” the official concluded.

From Andy, the other half of the MosNews Appreciation Society I’m in.

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Tim Newman June 24, 2005 at 2:27 am

I guess one could argue that tsome Kazakhs are returning to their historical roots.

Amanda June 25, 2005 at 1:34 am

Notice the credit on the photo MosNews uses of a horseman and family outside of a yurt: That’s Eastern Tennessee State University.

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