Bolan train ambush: Two dead in militant attack on Jaffar Express

Published: August 17, 2013

People help an injured victim at a hospital after the attack. PHOTO: AFP

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Suspected militants attacked a Rawalpindi-bound passenger train with rockets in Bolan district on Friday, killing at least two persons and injuring 32 more. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack that took place in the Dozan area near Machh.

“First the militants blew up the railway track with an improvised explosives device (IED) and then fired two rockets at Jaffar Express. One rocket hit a bogey and the other hit the engine. Soon after, the attackers opened indiscriminate fire on the train,” Deputy Commissioner Abdul Waheed Shah told The Express Tribune.

The casualties were shifted to state-run hospitals in Machh and Quetta.

“We have taken two dead bodies and over two dozen injured to the hospital, the condition of some of the injured was critical because of excessive bleeding,” local official Zubair Kurd told AFP, warning that the death toll could go up.

The Frontier Corps (FC) scrambled two helicopter gunships after the paramilitary troops guarding the train called in air support, Shah added. “The gunships targeted the attackers, killing some of the attackers.” However, Shah wouldn’t say how many. Later, the paramilitary force’s spokesperson claimed in a statement that six attackers were killed in the air blitz.

Railway staff repaired the track within two hours and opened it for regular traffic.

The attack took place despite the security provided by the FC and Balochistan Levies throughout the province.

The provincial spokesperson for Pakistan Railways, Mohammad Kashif, told The Express Tribune that six railways employees, including three policemen, were also injured in the attack.

Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch condemned the attack and ordered the district administration to submit the investigation report.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The latest attack came nine days after gunmen disguised as security personnel killed 11 civilians and two security men after kidnapping them from Punjab-bound passenger coaches also near Machh Town. The banned Baloch Liberation Army had claimed responsibility for the killings.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2013.

Reader Comments (5)

  • csmann
    Aug 17, 2013 - 5:37AM

    As there is more talk of negotiations with terrorists,so they become bolder , and more vicious.No rules for them,no respect for human life.Their fight seems to be against unarmed,innocent Pakistani citizens, while the government and army that is supposed to protect the citizens is trying to placate the murderers.

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  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Aug 17, 2013 - 6:19AM

    Killing innocent women and children in the name of Islam is blasphemy of the highest order and the silence of religious parties is deafening. Baloch militants or Taliban are all rotten fruits of the same tree and must be punished for these atrocities.

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  • A J Khan
    Aug 17, 2013 - 12:04PM

    To the dismay of many including myself, the Supreme Court bench was more interested in a lone lunatic in Islamabad than the agony of the people of Balochistan at the hands of terrorists. They on the other hand were passing sarcastic, ignominious & instigating comments against the Frontier Corps who are fighting the battle of People of Balochistan and Pakistan.
    When will the Judicial vendetta against the armed Forces of Pakistan come to end?

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  • M. Emad
    Aug 19, 2013 - 4:06PM

    Baloch people since 1948 are fighting for their legitimate rights and very survival. Bengalis silarly fought for freedom in 1971 under leadership of Sheikh Mujib – Tajuddin – Colonel (R) Osmani and Bangladesh is a success story. Throughout his political life (1948 – 1971), Mujib’s struggle against darkness for light. Sheikh Mujib had high regard for the brave Baloch people and their leaders. Even after the creation of Bangladesh,.Mujib didn’t forget or left his old comrades-in-struggle and thought actively about chained Baloch people.

    In their difficult journey, Baloch people have Mujib’s blessings.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Aug 21, 2013 - 7:22PM

    @Emad
    We better off of bangalis rice fish…… putson ……cocnut……..Dhakka swamp….

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