Several injured as blast hits passenger train in Balochistan’s Panari

QUETTA/KACHHI           –           Several people were injured after an explosion targeted a passenger train, Jaffar Express, in Panari area of Mach Bolan, Balochistan, officials said Friday. Railway services were suspended in the region following the terrorist incident.

In a statement, the terrorists outfit Baloch Liberation Army claimed the attack, stating that the group detonated a remote control IED on the Jaffar Express.

According to police and rescue officials, a bomb blast at a railway track near Sibi district of Balochistan derailed two bogies of Jaffar Express, leaving four passengers injured. The train was going to Rawalpindi from Mach.

The blast on the rail track damaged a large portion of the track, disrupting Balochistan’s rail link with other parts of the country.

Deputy Commissioner, Bolan district, Agha Samiullah said that rescue teams left for the area to rescue the victims. “The area where the blast took place is hilly and difficult to reach by road infrastructure, however, teams will be reaching shortly and will initiate rescue efforts at the earliest,” he maintained. Pakistan Railway officials said that Jaffar Express left for Rawalpindi from Mach and when it reached near Sibi district, a powerful bomb blast took place that derailed engine and two other carriages of the train.

“At least four passengers travelling in the affected bogies suffered injuries,” they added. The PR officials further said that engineers and other staff had also left to reach the site of the blast with heavy machinery to start work to remove the detailed bogies and the engine from the track and restore train traffic. The Quetta-bound passenger trains coming from other parts of the country were stopped at different railway stations till completion of repair and restoration work on the railway tracks.

A search operation has been started in the area to arrest the perpetrators, but till the last information, no arrest has been made.

Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudos Bizenjo condemned the bomb blast and said that the elements involved in the terrorism will not be spared for committing such inhuman act. He also called upon the authorities concerned to provide the best health facilities to the injured and resume the train operation after early restoration of the damaged railway track.

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