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Thursday 28 August 2014

Three brothers among five dead as passenger train bombed

Gul Yousafzai

Published 21/10/2013 | 11:55

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A man carries a boy who was injured in a passenger train that derailed after it was hit by a bomb attack, at a hospital in Dera Murad Jamali,
A man carries a boy who was injured in a passenger train that derailed after it was hit by a bomb attack, at a hospital in Dera Murad Jamali,
A security official stands near a passenger train that derailed after it was hit by a bomb attack in Dera Murad Jamali, located in the Nasirabad District of Balochistan province
A security official stands near a passenger train that derailed after it was hit by a bomb attack in Dera Murad Jamali, located in the Nasirabad District of Balochistan province
Officials, rescue workers and residents gather near the passenger train derailed after it was hit by a bomb attack in Dera Murad Jamali
Officials, rescue workers and residents gather near the passenger train derailed after it was hit by a bomb attack in Dera Murad Jamali

AT LEAST five passengers including three brothers were killed and 16 wounded when a train was bombed and derailed in restive southwest Pakistan today.

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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.

Reuters

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