Pope Francis concludes Asia trip
Pakistan train bombing kills at least seven
"A cowardly act," says minister
Soldiers and volunteers at the bomb scene.
- ucanews.com reporter, Naseerabad
- October 21, 2013
At least seven people were killed and more than a dozen wounded on Monday in a bomb attack on a passenger train in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, officials say.
The bomb was planted on a railway track and detonated by remote control near Shori railway station in Naseerabad district.
Federal Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique denounced the attack as a cowardly act.
“Two carriages of the Quetta-bound Jafar Express were derailed by the explosion which killed seven people,” Rafique told reporters in Lahore.
“Terrorists are beasts. One decapitated body has also been found near the railway track,” he said.
He denied local media reports that rockets were fired at the train following the explosion.
“The bomb left a five-foot [1.5-meter] crater and damaged a section of the track,” Chaudhry Riaz, Superintendent of the Railway Police, said.
“All trains to and from Balochistan have been suspended,” he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. But Baloch separatists have been waging a low level insurgency for autonomy in the country’s largest province for decades.
On August 15, suspected Baloch militants attacked a passenger train with rockets in the province’s Bolan district, killing two people and injuring 32. The militants blew up the railway track with an improvised explosive device and then fired two rockets at the train.