Blast disrupts Quetta rail link

November 10, 2007

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QUETTA, Nov 9: Rail link of Quetta with the rest of the country was disrupted for the second time in 24 hours as the main tracks were blown up in Dashat area of Mastung district on Friday.

Police arrested a man who was allegedly injured while planting the bomb.

The traffic had been restored at noon but it was again disrupted seven hours later. Railway officials said the tracks would be repaired during the night.

Police said the suspect, Abdul Razaq, was a railway employee.

Meanwhile, the Sui Southern Gas Company restored gas supply to Quetta, Kalat, Mastung, Ziarat and Pishin by making alternative arrangements. The supply had been suspended after a pipeline blast in Kolpur area of Bolan district on Thursday night.

GUNBATTLE: A heavy exchange of fire was reported between security forces and militants from Sibi Tali area, Amanullah Kasi adds.

Official sources said men on a mountain opened fire on security forces patrolling the Sibi-Tali road. The security personnel returned fire. The security personnel seized arms and ammunition left by the militants.

The sources said police also arrested three suspects for blowing up a piece of railway track on Thursday night.