QUETTA: At least five people were killed and 19 others injured on Friday when two bombs exploded near Rawalpindi-bound Jaffer Express in Machh place of Bolan district.
It still remains uncertain whether the bombs were planted on the track or inside the train. “The train was travelling to Rawalpindi from Quetta,” Railway sources said.
An emergency was declared across all state-run hospitals. The injured are being transferred for treatment to Quetta. 1o individuals seriously injured in the explosions are taken to the city by Army Aviation helicopters.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has ordered an inquest into the incident. In a statement, he ordered immediate treatment and condemned the strike. No group has claimed responsibility for the explosions.
On Tuesday, at least four girls belonging to a Shia Hazara community were killed by unknown assailants in a allegedly sectarian-motivated targeted killing in Quetta’s Kirani Road. One woman also sustained serious bullet injuries when gunmen fired gunshots on a neighborhood passenger bus.
“The women were returning from the city towards their destiny Hazara Town when armed men intercepted the bus and one of them barged inside and started shooting indiscriminately.” Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Abdul Razaq Cheema said.