KASHMORE: At least eight persons were killed and over 50 others injured as Khushal Khan Khattak Express was targeted with a remote controlled bomb blast near Unnarwah Railway Station in Tangwani area of Kashmore. Four bogies of train overturned in the result of bomb blast. The injured were shifted to Tngwani, Thul and Jacobabad hospitals. The killed persons also include four children.
Four bogeys of Khushal Khan Khattak Express were derailed as a result of the blast. The rangers and police personnel have started search operation in the area after the blast.
The incident took place near Thul station and the train was going to Peshawar from Karachi. According to an eyewitness, around 200 people were injured. Three of the injured were reported to be in critical condition. Thul Civil Hospital, where most of the injured were taken for treatment, is 15 km from the site of the attack. Emergency was declared at the hospital. Nearly 10 to 15 kilogram explosive material was used in the attack.
Another bomb was found only 10 feet away from the blast site but Bomb Disposal Squad has not reached the site as yet.
Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Muhammad Saad Rafique has also condemned the blast and directed the concerned officials to complete the inquiry report about the incident within three days. He also asked General Manager Railways Anjum Pervez to speed up the recovery work.
Rafique further asked the inspector general for a report on the blast. He also announced Rs0.5 million compensation money for the families of the deceased. He said that all possible arrangements would be made for the protection of the railway track. He said that the terrorists after facing defeat in Balochistan have started targeting the Punjab province
Anjum Pervez while talking to a private TV channel said that centers were set up in Jacobabad, Sukkur and Lahore for addressing the grievances of the affecteess of the blast. He said that the security arrangements would be further strengthened on the tract. He said that sometimes the terrorists succeed in carrying out attacks and sometimes the government succeeds in foiling the terrorist attacks. He said five persons were killed and over 25 injured in the attack. He said all the injured persons have been shifted in hospitals. He said 800 feet part of the railway line was affected in the result of the blast.
Police and rescue officials said the blast hit the passenger train near Tangwani town in Kashmore district. Railway authorities dispatched teams to the blast site for relief and rescue operations as rail traffic on both up and down tracks was suspended.
Deputy Commissioner Kashmore and SP Railways arrived at the scene and supervised the relief and rescue work. Authorities said the complete restoration of the damaged track will take upto 24 hours.
Nobody immediately claimed the responsibility for the latest bombing.
Meanwhile President Syed Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former president Asif Ali Zardari, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed khurshid Shah, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Shairf, Amir Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Maulana Fazalur Rehman, Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hassan, ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, Jamatud Dawa Pakistan Amir Professor Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch and other leaders have condemned the remote control bomb blast which targeted the Khushal Khan Express and offered sympathies with the families of the killed persons. President and prime minister have ordered the local administration to provide best medical facilities to injured persons.