AT LEAST five passengers including three brothers were killed and 16 wounded when a train was bombed and derailed in restive southwest Pakistan today.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the bombing, but arid western Baluchistan province is home to several separatist insurgents besides the Taliban and banned sectarian groups.
The train was travelling from the garrison city of Rawalpindi to the provincial capital, Quetta. Several carriages were destroyed in the explosion, which took place 200km from Quetta, one of Pakistan's most violent cities.
"The explosives had apparently been planted on the railway tracks as the explosion created a crater several feet deep," said provincial government official Asad Gillani.
Most of the passengers were returning to Quetta after celebrating holidays at home, said another official..
Separatist insurgents in Baluchistan accuse the government of exploiting the mineral-rich region while leaving inhabitants in poverty.