Published On: Mon, Mar 18th, 2019
Published in Category: District News

Nasirabad: Jaffar Express struck by explosion, at least five killed

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NASIRABAD: The railway track near Rabbi area in Dera Murad Jamali sub-district of Nasirabad was blown up and five bogies of Jaffar Express derailed killing at least five persons on Sunday.

The train was going to Quetta. Eight persons sustained injuries in the incident. The rescue teams reached the spot and started shifting the victims to the hospital.

The explosion damaged the railway track as well and the locomotion of other trains is also affected. The authorities have started interrogating the matter.

Furthermore, it has been learnt that railway officials are trying to reinstate the track as soon as possible.

District Police Officer Irfan Bashir said that suspected miscreants planted an improvised explosive device at the railway track to target Jaffar Express.

As the passenger train reached Dera Murad Jamali, there was a huge blast, he said, adding that the blast damaged a portion of the track. “Jaffar Express was going from Rawalpindi to Quetta when attacked,” he said. The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Police and personnel of other law enforcement agencies reached the spot as investigation into the incident were under way.

Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Jam Kamal Khan Alyani strongly condemned the incident and vowed that those involved in this crime would be brought to justice.

Jam Kamal Khan regretted the incident and termed it ‘an act of vandalism’. Those who make innocent people a target should be punished, he maintained.

The chief minister issued orders to beef up security along the track and the national thoroughfare.

Meanwhile Balochistan Home Minister Mir Zia Lango also condemned the incident. He said that the best possible healthcare facilities shall be offered to the victims. On the occasion, he directed law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) to ensure severe punishment for those who are involved in such heinous acts.