September 20, 2008 / 7:45 AM / 12 years ago

15 train robbers killed by poison gas in Assam

GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - At least 15 train robbers looking to steal diesel from a freight carriage in Assam died on Saturday after inhaling poison gas stored in another tank they accidentally broke open, police said.

A police patrol party said they found 30 other people lying unconscious on both sides of a forested train track.

“We found many empty drums which they must have brought with them to fill with oil,” a local police officer said by phone.

The train was earlier stopped by dozens of armed people who police believe were members of a gang which frequently steals crude oil from trains and pipelines carrying oil to refineries in the oil-rich state.

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