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Cable Theft Disrupts Madrid-to-Barcelona High-Speed Train Link

Passengers wait for a train at Atocha rail station in Madrid, Spain.

Passengers wait for a train at Atocha rail station in Madrid, Spain.

Photographer: Paul Hanna/Bloomberg

High-speed train services between Madrid and Barcelona were interrupted on Monday after 600 meters (1,968 feet) of fiber-optic and signaling cable was pilfered from the track linking Spain’s two biggest cities. 

Service was halted between the stations of Camp de Tarragona and Figueres-Vilafant, ADIF, the rail network operator, said in a statement. A 19-year-old man was detained in connection with the theft, according to El Pais newspaper.