QUETTA: A train bombing near Sibi on Tuesday derailed four Jaffar Express bogies, injuring six passengers.
The train was going to Rawalpindi from Quetta.
The blast destroyed much of the railway line, breaking Balochistan’s rail link with other parts of the country.
The outlawed Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted here.
Pakistan Railways officials said the Jaffar Express departed for Rawalpindi from Quetta and when it reached near Sibi a powerful bomb attack took place which derailed four carriages of the train.
“Six passengers traveling in the affected bogies were injured,” officials said.
They said that shortly after receiving information about the explosion, public relations officials along with security personnel and rescue teams rushed to the area to help the injured and restore the railway line.
The injured were taken to the Sibi district hospital where the condition of all the injured was declared stable.
A rescue train and other equipment were immediately dispatched to the incident site.
They said the locomotive and four bogies were damaged by the explosion, but most passengers were unhurt.
Public relations officials said engineers and other staff reached the site of the blast with heavy machinery and began work to remove the detailed bogies and engine from the track and restore traffic railway.
Passenger trains bound for Quetta from Karachi and Rawalpindi have been halted at various stations until the repair and restoration of the tracks is completed.
“Full restoration of rail traffic will take at least 23 hours,” sources told Pakistan Railways.
Security officials, who examined the site of the explosion, said it appeared to be an IED that had been detonated by a remote control.
Security force personnel launched a search operation in the area to arrest those involved in the explosion. Some suspects have been taken into custody.
Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo condemned the bomb blast and said elements involved in the terrorist act would not be spared.
Posted in Dawn, January 19, 2022