Goods train hit by bombs in Tandojam

May 10, 2016

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HYDERABAD: Policemen stand near the freight train which derailed after a bomb blast on railway track near Tandojam.—Online
HYDERABAD: Policemen stand near the freight train which derailed after a bomb blast on railway track near Tandojam.—Online

HYDERABAD: Three wagons of a goods train overturned and six others derailed when two bombs exploded on a track near Goth Mureed Sipio railway crossing in Tandojam on Monday.

Hyderabad DIG Khadim Hussain Rind claimed that it was an act of a particular group which was also involved in such subversive activities in the past.

He said that a 600-foot portion of the track was damaged.

The bombs weighing 400 grams were fitted with a timer.

The DIG said a pamphlet written in Sindhi was found at the place, but declined to share its contents.

Police quoted the bomb disposal squad as saying that improvised explosive devices were used to target the train.

Hyderabad Railway station superintendent Shamsuddin Solangi said the train carrying coal was going to Punjab from Karachi.

No one was injured in the blast which occurred at 12.30pm between Detha and Allah Dino Saand railway stations, he added.

He said two Punjab-bound passenger trains — Zikria Express and Shalimar Express — were stopped at Allah Dino Saand and Palejani railway stations after the blast.

They were allowed to leave for their destination after an hour at 1.30pm.

Meanwhile, a goods train hit another stationary goods train near the Latifabad Unit-7 railway crossing on Monday morning.

Hyderabad station master Shamsuddin Solangi said driver Jameel and his assistant Mushtaque Ahmed were injured.

They were taken to Liaquat University Hospital, Hyderabad.

The track was cleared at 9am, he said.

In another incident, Punjab-bound Pakistan Express was changing its track when two rear wheels of one bogie slipped near Tando Yousuf railway crossing on Monday evening.

A crane was used to put them back on the track. No one was injured.

Published in Dawn, May 10th, 2016