Bomb hits train in southwestern Pakistan, six killed

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but separatist groups in the province have claimed similar attacks in the past.

By: AP | Quetta | Updated: October 7, 2016 3:37 pm
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A Pakistani railways official says a bomb has exploded on a passenger train in the country’s southwest, killing at least six people and wounding 10. The official, Tufail Ahmad, said the bomb went off on Friday near the village of Mach in Balochistan province. He says the train was heading to the garrison city of Rawalpindi from Quetta, the provincial capital.

The blasts hit Jaffar Express, which was going towards Rawalpindi from Quetta, in Bolan district.

Police said that the bombs were planted on the track at a short distance from each other and exploded within a span of 20 minutes.

“Six persons were killed and 14 others injured in the attack,” a police official said.

All the injured have been shifted to Quetta where an emergency has been declared at all state-run hospitals.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawaz Sanaullah Zehri condemned the attack and ordered the provincial police chief to arrest the culprits.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

Baloch separatist, who want autonomy, often target the official property in the province.

Jaffar Express was also targeted in January in Mithri area of Balochistan’s Sibi district.