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    ZAGORYANKA VILLAGE (Moscow region), August 3 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Defense Ministry is developing a new gadget that would locate explosive devices on railroads.

    "Scientists are developing a new device that will be capable of identifying mines on railroads and their approaches," said Colonel General Grigory Kogatko, the commander of Russia's railroad troops.

    He said mine detectors often fail to identify explosives on railroads because the railroad tracks are comprised of metal.

    The general said a total of 16,000 kilometers of railroad tracks were cleared during an anti-terrorist operation in Chechnya last year, and 13 sappers were killed.

    "Fortunately, no one was killed this year," he said.

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