Pakistan: Blast on the Jaffar Express near Sibi: 12 dead, 40 injured

Burning passenger rail cars

An explosion took place on a Jaffar Express train on Tuesday at Sibi railway station, leaving 12 people dead including women and children, while 40 others sustained injuries.

“The blast took place inside bogie [rail car] 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.

President Mamnoon Hussain condemned the killings in the blast which occurred ten minutes after the train stopped at the railway station and two bogies were derailed due to the explosion.

Markers shows location of Sibi, in Balochistan province

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.

“It seems the explosive materials were planted inside the passenger train at Sibi railway station,” a railway official said.

Rescue teams have reached the site of the blast and a rescue operation is underway. Fire brigade vehicles have also reached the area and are busy extinguishing the bogeys that had caught fire as a result of the explosion.

“Three people burnt to death and at least 20 others sustained injuries,” rescue workers had stated earlier today…

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Balochi separatists have been active for years in Pakistan.  A later report puts the death toll at 16 and includes a video.