QUETTA: At least five people were killed and 19 others injured on Friday when two bombs exploded near Rawalpindi-bound Jaffer Express in Machh area of Bolan district.
It still remains unclear whether the bombs were planted on the track or inside the train. “The train was travelling to Rawalpindi from Quetta,” Railway sources said.
An emergency has been declared across all state-run hospitals. The injured are being shifted to Quetta for treatment. 1o people seriously injured in the explosions have been taken to the city by Army Aviation helicopters.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has ordered an inquiry into the incident. In a statement, he condemned the attack and ordered immediate treatment for the injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the explosions.
On Tuesday, at least four women belonging to a Shia Hazara community were killed by unknown assailants in an allegedly sectarian-motivated targeted killing in Quetta’s Kirani Road. One woman also sustained serious bullet injuries when gunmen fired gunshots on a local passenger bus.
“The women were returning from the city towards their destiny Hazara Town when armed men intercepted the bus and one of them barged inside and started shooting indiscriminately.” Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Abdul Razaq Cheema said.