Several injured in track blast in SW Pakistan

14:35, June 19, 2010      

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Several people were injured in a bomb blast on a railway track while a train was passing over it Saturday morning in southwest Pakistan's city of Quetta, local sources confirmed citing Pakistani railway officials.

The blast took place in Darakhshan area, some 25 kilometers from provincial capital Quetta, Balochistan province.

"Two feet of the train track was damaged," a local source told Xinhua, adding that it has suspended train traffic while rescue teams were rushing to the blast site.

The upcountry bound train "Chiltan Express" to the garrison city of Rawalpindi near the capital city Islamabad left Quetta at 4:00 a.m. GMT and after 20 minutes it met the terror attack.

The bomb was planted on the track and was detonated when the train was passing through it, said the initial investigations. However, the train was saved from a major disaster.

The Balochistan province, which provides 50 percent of Pakistan 's natural gas supply, borders Iran and Afghanistan. The province has been experiencing a nationalist insurgency and ethnic and sectarian strife that has claimed dozens of lives in different terror attacks this year.

Source: Xinhua


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