The schedules of some trains were disrupted on Sunday when a low-intensity bomb blast damaged about one foot of the railway track near Bin Qasim Railway station. The blast did not cause any injuries.
At around 5:35 am, the police officers on patrol duty heard an explosion and rushed to the site of the blast, where they found a slip in which the Sindh Liberation Front claimed responsibility for the incident. Another explosive had been planted some distance away, but it failed to detonate.
The bomb disposal squad said that the explosives were made locally and weighed around 100 grams. They added that the railway track was damaged only slightly as the culprits did not plant the explosives properly.
Railway SSP Arshad Kamal Kiyani said that the departure of two trains, Hazara Express and Awami Express, had to be delayed. They later left for their destinations after the tracks were repaired and the bomb disposal squad gave them clearance. The schedules of the Pak Business Express and Shalimar Express were also disrupted.
On the complaint of a railway employee, Asad, an FIR was filed at the Landhi Railway police station against unidentified people under sections ¾ of the Explosives Act, section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and section 126 of the Railway Act.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2012.
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