Blast rocks passenger train in Balochistan

The Rawalpindi-bound Quetta Express was damaged by the explosion that occurred in Mangoli area of Nasirabad district this evening.

Updated: Mar 24, 2011, 00:15 AM IST

Islamabad: A passenger train was targeted
with a bomb in Balochistan province of southwest Pakistan
on Wednesday though there were no reports of casualties, officials
said.

The Rawalpindi-bound Quetta Express was damaged by the
explosion that occurred in Mangoli area of Nasirabad district
this evening.

Train services on the Sibi-Jacobabad track were
suspended after the attack.

Police said unidentified attackers planted a
remote-controlled explosive device on the track in Mangoli
area that went off as the Quetta Express was passing by.

The blast damaged the locomotive and derailed four
coaches. The blast also blew up two feet of the tracks,
officials said.

There were no reports of casualties, they said.

A large contingent of security forces and police
cordoned off the area and launched a search to trace the
attackers.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

PTI