Train attacked, two gas pipelines blown up
QUETTA: A passenger train was attacked and two eight-inch diameter gas pipelines were blown up in two explosions in Jacobabad and Dera Bugti on Wednesday.
Official sources said unidentified people had planted an explosive device on the railway tracks near a bordering area between Jaffarabad and Jacobabad. They detonated the device by a remote control when the Karachi bound Bolan Mail from Quetta passed by the area. The blast damaged 20-feet-long section of the railway track, derailing the engine and four bogies of the train. However, all passengers escaped unhurt in the explosion.
The rail service between Balochistan and other parts of the country was suspended after the blast. “The rail service will be resumed after the completion of repair work,” an official of the Pakistan Railways said, but did not give any specific time as to when the repair work would be completed. Law enforcement agencies have started a manhunt in the area for the culprits.
Separately, unidentified terrorists blew up two gas pipelines in the Loti area of Dera Bugti, the Levies Force said. As a result of the explosion, gas supply to the Sui plant was disrupted. The Baloch Republican Army (BRA) has claimed responsibility for both the attacks.