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Attack on Jaffar Express near Machh

Updated Aug 16, 2013 04:47pm


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QUETTA: Two people were killed and over 10 were wounded during an attack on the Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express on Friday, AFP reported.

The train, which began its journey from Quetta, was attacked with rockets in the Dozan area near Machh Town in Balochistan’s Bolan district. Women and children were among the casualties.

“We have taken two dead bodies and 24 injured to the hospital, the condition of most of the injured was critical because of excessive bleeding,” Zubair Kurd, a local government official in the area told AFP, warning that the death toll may increase.

Kurd said the attackers were hiding in the mountains and first started firing and then fired at least three rockets at the train.

“They managed to escape. We have launched a search operation,” Kurd added.

Security forces, backed by a military helicopter, launched a search in an effort to trace and arrest the attackers, AP quoted railway official Kashif Khan as saying.

Friday’s attack comes just over a week after gunmen disguised as security personnel killed 11 civilians and two security men after kidnapping them from Punjab-bound passenger coaches also near Machh Town.

The coaches were coming from Quetta and the banned Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) had claimed responsibility for the killings.

Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province by area, is plagued by extremist militancy and sectarian violence, as well as a regional insurgency waged by separatist militants.

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Syedz Aug 16, 2013 02:56pm

Hats off to those security personnel who are fighting the war of country's survival. It is high time that enemies should be identified among our ranks and be dealt with iron hand.

Dr Saad Aug 16, 2013 03:41pm

The culprits should not be apprehended, just killed when caught

syed baqar ahsan Aug 16, 2013 04:23pm

where is the will,where is the coordination,where is the quick reaction force,where is the CJP,

concerned Aug 16, 2013 04:59pm

Ashamed at no action by our security forces. Sleep well army and get paid with all the perks. ;;Dawn;; you must please motivate them to please ACT and ACT now and defend Pakistanis...of course this is war.

Durre Najaf Aug 16, 2013 06:02pm

Pakistanis can't have a single day without such news :( I do not know where are we going. What will be the situation of Pakistan in next couple of years or even months. We are unsafe in our own country.

S. Israr Ali Aug 16, 2013 07:26pm

Act of cowardice killing innocent people! Law enforcers efficiency, vigilance and alertness in not promptly reacting which led to escaping of beasts need to be looked into! These inhumans need no sympathy.

Asad Aug 16, 2013 08:29pm

Let our Baloch brothers gain independence so they can carve a future for themselves.

Clearly, we have not managed to make them feel part of the federation. Instead we responded the same we did in Bangladesh.

Given how the election results came out, where all provinces basically voted along regional lines, seems about the right time to recognize that we are not a nation but into a forced marriage.

Khan Aug 16, 2013 08:57pm

Muslims killing Muslims in the Islamic republic of Pakistan! I thank my grandfather for choosing India as his (our) motherland. Atleast here Muslims respect each other and nobody dare to kill each other, bomb each others mosques etc