Two killed in attack on train in southwest Pakistan

At least two people were killed and over 15 injured when unidentified gunmen attacked a train in Pakistan`s restive southwestern Balochistan province.

Last Updated: Aug 16, 2013, 15:37 PM IST

Islamabad: At least two people were killed and over 15 injured when unidentified gunmen attacked a train in Pakistan`s restive southwestern Balochistan province, officials said.

The Jaffar Express was going from provincial capital Quetta to Rawalpindi when it was attacked near Machh in Bolan district.

Dildar Hussain, the spokesman for Pakistan Railways, told a news agency that, according to preliminary reports, the attackers fired rockets at the train and then opened fire with automatic weapons.

"Two people have been killed and more than 15 injured in the attack," he said.

Hussain said the victims were taken to nearby hospitals. Officials had cleared the train for travel after the attack and it was moving towards its destination, he said.

A security official said security personnel promptly responded to the attack and there was a heavy exchange of fire with the gunmen.

The attack came just over a week after Baloch insurgents disguised as security personnel stopped buses at a fake check point near Machh and killed 13 civilians.

Balochistan, Pakistan`s largest province by area, is wracked by violence by Baloch nationalist groups that want greater control over natural resources.

PTI