7 killed, 30 injured as blast rips through train in Sibi

At least two children among the dead. Rescue work is in progress. Death toll expected to rise.


Afp/web Desk June 27, 2012

SIBI: A blast occurred in a train carriage at Sibi railway station late on Wednesday night killing at least 7 people, and injuring 30 people, Express News reported.

According to details, the Jaffar Express travelling from Rawalpindi to Quetta, had stopped at the Sibi station, platform number two when a blast ripped through one of its railcars.

The DS railways Faiz Bugti said that the blast took place when some passengers from the train thronged a stall selling food stuff near the platform.

Razaul Rehman, Express News Quetta Bureau chief said that the bomb had been planted under a bench and as the people approached the stall it was detonated, possibly by a remote control.

Express News correspondent Akram Bangalzai reported that rescue work is under way. Police, levies and Frontier Corps forces have reached the location and set up a security cordon.

He added that many among the injured were religious scholars while at least two children had been reported dead. The casualties are expected to rise since some of the injured are in a critical condition.

The dead and injured were being shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital Sibi. Deputy Commissioner Shahid Saleem Qureshi has declared an emergency in the hospital.

"The dead include a railway police constable and a child, aged six or seven," Saleem told AFP.

Rescue workers and ambulances have been dispatched to the site.

Bangalzai added that the powerful blast had been heard throughout the city.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Jaffar Express was due to have reached the station at 4pm, had arrived at 11pm. Bugti said the train has been allowed to continue the four hour journey to the Quetta station.

COMMENTS (27)

Hasan | 8 years ago | Reply

@Shilpa:

First and foremost, your entire post is off-topic, laced with ignorance, and frankly despicable.

'Most racist nationality' - LOL, let's just assume this asinine phrase actually made sense, can you really apply that to any nation before Hindustan? A land where the caste system is flourishing and religious riots are part of the cultural fabric? This is almost like a Hindustani mocking another country for poverty. Don't sling mud when you're standing in the largest sewer of them all.

Hasan

Pragmatist | 8 years ago | Reply

@saeed: Education is the key. There is a distinct lack of it in Pakistan.

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