Five killed, 17 injured as bomb blasts hit Jaffar Express in Balochistan

Local Pakistani residents gather beside a train that was destroyed by a bomb explosion in Naseerabad district, around 250 kilometres southeast of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province on October 21, 2013. A bomb hit a passenger train in Pakistan's restive southwest, killing at least six people and wounding more than 17 others, officials said. AFP PHOTO/Khalid HUSSAIN

QUETTA: At least five passengers were killed and 17 others injured when two coordinated blasts hit railway tracks near the Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express on Friday.
According to reports, a bomb was planted along the railway track in the Ab-e-Gum area of Balochistan’s Bolan district. The second explosion took place in the same area 20 minutes later.
A senior railway official Hameed Gul told media men that there was another blast after the first one with an interval of 20 minutes at the same spot.
All the injured were shifted to Quetta where an emergency has been declared at all state-run hospitals.
Ten injured where shifted to Combined Military Hospital via helicopter. According to hospital sources some of the injured were in critical condition.
Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri strictly condemned the blasts and directed the Inspector General of Police to hold an inquiry and submit a report in this regard. He also directed the chief secretary to submit a report within 24 hours and install secret cameras at all railway stations and bus stops.

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