A bomb ripped through the crowded Sibi railway station before midnight on Wednesday, killing at least eight commuters and injuring nearly three dozen more.
The remote-controlled explosive device was planted at a tea stall on platform No 2 and it was detonated minutes after Jaffar Express chugged into the station, according to the police.
Jaffar Express was en route from Rawalpindi to Quetta, officials said. As soon as it chugged into platform No 2 and passengers started disembarking, a huge explosion went off.
Deputy Commissioner Shahid Saleem put the casualties at five dead and 18 injured. However, witnesses told The Express Tribune that they counted eight bodies.
Police official Qazi Hussain Ahmed said some officials of his force were among the casualties.
The victims were ferried to the Sibi Civil Hospital from where some of them, with life-threatening wounds, were referred to hospitals in Quetta.
Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani denounced the bomb blast as a dastardly act of terrorism.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2012.