According to details, the device, apparently was planted on the railway track, exploded when the train, Jaffar Express approached a station in Naseer Abad district of the insurgency hit southwestern Baluchistan province. Four coaches (wagons) of the train derailed after the blast.
“It was a bomb blast; the target was the passenger train. At least six people have been killed,” provincial home secretary Asad Gilani told the media, adding that more than 17 others were wounded in the blast.
Zafar Shah Bukhari, a senior official in the area, confirmed the bomb attack and death toll.
Zafar Shah Bukhari said the Jaffar Express was traveling from Rawalpindi to Quetta.
“We have taken the dead bodies and injured to the nearby hospital,” Bukhari said, adding that the condition of six of the injured was critical. The explosion derailed the train, Bukhari added.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique said that it was a remote-controlled bomb blast. He said that the nation would not be frightened with such blasts.
On the other hand, Balochistan Home Minister, Mir Sarfraz Bugti has announced Rs1,000,000 for relatives of each victim.
It is worth mentioning here that few weeks back, a bomb exploded on a passenger train, the device on the Shalimar Express from Lahore to Karachi went off as it passed through fields near the town of Toba Tek Singh in Punjab province.
Pakistan is battling an insurgency and faces near-daily bombings and shootings in the troubled northwest, but attacks on the railway are relatively rare.
A bomb near the waiting lounge for the luxury Lahore-Karachi Business Express train last year killed two people.