UBA bomb attack on Jaffar Express in Sibi leaves 16 dead, 44 injured

Published: April 8, 2014
Pakistani security officials and local residents gather beside the wreckage of a train after a bomb attack at the Sibi railway station some 160 kilometres south of the train's destination Quetta on April 8, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani security officials and local residents gather beside the wreckage of a train after a bomb attack at the Sibi railway station some 160 kilometres south of the train's destination Quetta on April 8, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

A paramilitary soldier stands near a damaged passenger carriage at the site of a bomb blast in the town of Sibi April 8, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS Security officials collect evidence near a damaged messenger carriage at the site of a bomb blast in the town of Sibi April 8, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS Pakistani security officials and local residents gather beside the wreckage of a train after a bomb attack at the Sibi railway station some 160 kilometres south of the train's destination Quetta on April 8, 2014. PHOTO: AFP Express News screengrab of the site of the blast.

SIBI / QUETTA: A woman and five children among 16 people were killed when the United Baloch Army (UBA) detonated a bomb on the Quetta-Rawalpindi passenger train Jaffar Express at Sibi railway station on Tuesday.

The deadly bombing left 44 people injured, five of whom with critical wounds. They were transported to Quetta.

“The blast took place inside bogie number 9 of passenger Train Jaffar Express, which was on its way to Rawalpindi from Quetta,” Qazi Hussain, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) police Sibi told Express Tribune. Railway employees and police officials detached the bogie from other bogies in order to keep the fire from spreading.

Police investigators said around 20 kilograms of explosive materials were used in the blast. “It seems the explosive materials were planted inside the passenger train at Sibi railway station,” a railway official said.

The bogie caught fire and 16 people inside the bogie were burnt to death while more than 40 others sustained injuries.

The United Baloch Army claimed responsibility for the attack, BBC Urdu reported.

Charred beyond recognition, the bodies of the deceased were transported to Quetta so that their identities could be determined by DNA testing.

Rescue workers, fire fighters, police and security forces rushed to the station and transported the injured and deceased to Civil Hospital Sibi. Fire fighters managed to bring the fire under control after 40 minutes of struggle.

Some of the injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital Sibi, while five injured with critical wounds were transported to Quetta by army helicopters.

Jaffar Express later left for its destination Rawalpindi after the conclusion of rescue operation in the blast site.

“We received 12 dead bodies and 41 injured and most of them are in critical condition. Women and children are among the injured,” said Ghulam Sarwar, Medical Superintendent (MS) of Civil Hospital Sibi told The Express Tribune.

President Mamnoon Hussain condemned the killings in the blast which occurred ten minutes after the train stopped at the railway station.

Railway Minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq said that the attack could be in retaliation of yesterday’s search operation by security forces in Balochistan in which 30 suspected militants were killed.

Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has strongly condemned the incident and sought a report on the incident. “An investigation comprising officials of Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps (FC) and police has been formed,” an Balochistan government official said.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • YP Mississauga
    Apr 8, 2014 - 2:55PM

    Hope Railway Minister Saad Rafique looks after his Railway Ministry instead of wasting his time on everything else..Recommend

  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Apr 8, 2014 - 3:03PM

    Saad Rafiq Sahab focus on your area (Railway Ministry) rather than commenting on Pervez Musharraf


  • hmm
    Apr 8, 2014 - 3:06PM

    @YP Mississauga:
    He’s more interested in bashing the army, since that will pave the way for our progress & not through giving services to common man.


  • hmm
    Apr 8, 2014 - 3:08PM

    RIP all those who lost their lives…..another shameful act by those forces who want to see Pakistan destabilized, but Pakistan live remain intact.


  • Mohammad
    Apr 8, 2014 - 3:14PM

    find Khawaja Saa’d Rafiq and charge him for this, not providing the providing the proper security to railway.


  • Mohammad
    Apr 8, 2014 - 3:14PM

    Find Saa’d Rafiq and insult him as much as we can, like did to Army!


  • Mulaahi Shah
    Apr 8, 2014 - 3:23PM

    Foreign powers at work. This looks like the work of Saudi funded terrorists.


  • Hmm
    Apr 8, 2014 - 3:33PM

    Must be the work of TTP .


  • No Idea
    Apr 8, 2014 - 3:34PM

    May be TTP or LJ Sunni extremists behind it.


  • Professor
    Apr 8, 2014 - 3:43PM

    This is the handiwork of angry brothers not terrorists.


  • vaqas
    Apr 8, 2014 - 3:51PM

    My deepest condolences to the bereaved families. May we have the strength to look past this and have lasting peace.


  • Candid1
    Apr 8, 2014 - 3:56PM

    Obviously murderous retaliation for killing of 30 terrorists yesterday by the FC. Proves that the FC killed terrorists, and now their comrades are targeting innocents to vent their frustration. More reason now for the govt. to continue attacking the terrorists, and finishing them off for once and for all.


  • RA
    Apr 8, 2014 - 3:57PM

    The Railways Minister should show courage as he expects the Generals to do so and submit his resignation as this repeat incident happened under him.

    Who will hold these politicians accountable? Is history going to repeat itself?


  • Adeel
    Apr 8, 2014 - 4:10PM

    The attacks came a day after Army carried out operations against terrorists…now that the BRA/BLA terrorists have reached the critical mass of killing innocent people they shoudl ve declared “Stakeholder” and talks must be held with them…


  • Uzair Malik
    Apr 8, 2014 - 4:45PM

    Inna lillahe wa inna allehi rajeoon! May God bless their souls and give patience to their families, RIP martyrs!


  • Fiz
    Apr 8, 2014 - 4:46PM

    Samjotha Express revisited!


  • Chachoo
    Apr 8, 2014 - 4:48PM

    @YP Mississauga: Shame on you because you are using this sad incident for Political agenda. We all know that Baloch militants bombed this train and they specifically chose the bogey where they thought More Punjabis are sitting. The Baloch separatist movement actually geared up during Musharraf regime but since ET is Karachi based channel so Ethnic bias came here as well and Musharraf will be protected and even this sad incident will be used to protect Musharraf who killed the Bugti and People like Khwaja will be bashed for appeasement.
    It is not the job of Railway minister to stop Terrorism for your information. Security is a Provincial topic but since Punjabi bashing cannot be done in that case so you it is better to bash Khwaja Saad then.


  • Ajamal
    Apr 8, 2014 - 5:04PM

    Instead of bashing Saad Rafique, lets face the reality. Whole country is facing a serious terror threat and a grand effort is needed to overcome this challenge. We are totally divided over this existential threat.


  • hmm
    Apr 8, 2014 - 5:29PM


    Impersonating me? :) Not TTP, most of the chaos in Pakistan is funded & executed by foreign agencies. Shameful act.


  • Nida Alvi
    Apr 8, 2014 - 5:31PM

    @RA: You must be living in Lalaland. Don’t you know that the blast has taken next to Sibbi Cantonment. In that case, the Military Station Commander has to resign!
    But we all know that these terrorist attacks are an old phenomenon. The enemy has surrounded us from different directions. It is a good strategy to isolate the terrorist groups before annihilating them.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 8, 2014 - 5:33PM

    These terrorist attacks are happening because our security forces have messed up in dirty politics, therefore cannot do their job efficiently. Accusing Saad Rafique is an intellectual dishonesty, who cannot be held responsible. Photo of burning train is not of this incident. Perhaps its Godhra incident photo.


  • hmm
    Apr 8, 2014 - 5:42PM

    You didn’t get the whole point. PMLN is all hushed up on terrorist activities while he’s bashing Musharaf 24/7, will bashing him resolve any of our issues??? He’s the minister of Railways & his job is to serve the public at large, there is hardly any security even at Lahore railway station let alone in other cities. On a side note; Only cantonment areas are well protected & well patrolled by the army, whereas police is either with politicians & their spoiled kids or they’re making money on side of the roads. Yes we know there is a problem, BUT where is our security?! I see none on the roads of city like Lahore!


  • Apr 8, 2014 - 6:05PM

    Tell me one good thing that army has done for this country. They enjoy the party , ride the bubble and then leave the mess to be cleared by civilian government.


  • Mohammad
    Apr 8, 2014 - 6:22PM

    @Ajamal: No.. Government is not doing it’s job properly and busy somewhere else…. the whole lot of government ministers are not focusing on the real issue but working on political scoring.

    At least during Musharraf, we were not having these issues….and if there were any, he was retaliating with full force.


  • Common sense!
    Apr 8, 2014 - 6:33PM

    @ tabish bilgrami, mohammad
    Weird. Railway minister is not responsible for security, why are you people bashing him? It’s the agencies who are supposed collect intel on possible threats ,search and exterminate them. It’s their job. Demand answers from them on intel failure and not the railways.


  • Islooboy
    Apr 8, 2014 - 7:17PM

    It will continue to happen as long as you ignore the humanitarian struggle of the baloch!!!


  • usman786
    Apr 8, 2014 - 7:33PM

    NS and party do something now that you are in govt but not with snail pace.


  • Apr 8, 2014 - 8:01PM

    Very sad news I suggest the government to start the negotiation with bla or do some action against them otherwise such incidents take place every if they can have dialogue with taliban then why not bla?


  • Apr 8, 2014 - 8:03PM

    Security is a issue to whole country kindly don’t blame saad rafique he is not the interiour minister by the way


  • Muslim Leaguer
    Apr 8, 2014 - 9:19PM

    @Mohammad: we can only laugh at your ignorance. Pakistan was pushed into this entire war by no less than dictator Musharraf just to legitimize his dictatorship.
    Due to the illegal coup d’état by Musharraf on 12th October 1999, Pakistan was expelled from Commonwealth and other civilized organizations. Post-9/11 war in Afghanistan gave dictator Musharraf a golden opportunity to throw Pakistan into the war and get his dictatorship legitimized. Since then more than 60,000 Pakistanis have died and more than US$100 Billion losses have been inflicted to the economy during this unending war.
    A large number of electricity pylons, gas pipelines and railway tracks were attacked during Musharraf.
    The force was definitely ill-applied by Musharraf and we have sacrificed 15000 Military brothers including a Lt General (3 star), which no other country has sacrificed so far other than the world wars!
    Long Live Pakistan!


  • hmm
    Apr 8, 2014 - 9:25PM

    yeah the army caused our debt to double during the “civilian” govt of 2008-2013, right? It is the police who helps out the people during floods, right? Politicians live with their families in Pakistan & keep their money in Pakistan while army is full of corruption, right? :) we should handover Pakistan to our sincere politicians & corruption free police, then we’ll surely progress.


  • Jalbani Baloch
    Apr 8, 2014 - 11:04PM

    Killing of innocent people is not a bravery but a cowardly act on the part of terrorists, who claim to be freedom fighters. The Govt. must not compromise with terrorists, whose hands are soaked with the blood of innocent, whether these terrorists are from Balochistan or Tribal Areas of KPK, and must dealt with iron-hands. The Railway Authorities must also adopt such preventive measures, so that these kinds of tragedies could be averted in future.


  • Apr 9, 2014 - 2:01AM

    God Bless all Pakistanis,(Baluch,Sindhis, Punjabis,Pushnoons,Kashmiris,Gilgiltis)


  • Aam Aadmi
    Apr 9, 2014 - 11:00PM

    Even if the UBA Terrorist claims responsibility for terrorism some self-styled pseudo-intellectuals will continue to blame Taliban for everything.


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