QUETTA, April 26: Four people, three of them policemen, were injured and parts of a railway track was damaged in two bomb blasts in the Jaffarabad district on Tuesday, official sources said. A policemen patrol spotted an explosive device near the railway line in Dera Allahyar behind the office of the district police officer, the sources said.
The police removed the bomb and a head constable was trying to defuse it when it exploded, injuring him and three other people. “It was a home-made bomb planted to disrupt railway traffic,” Jaffarabad DPO Rahim Jamoot told Dawn.
The injured –- Sub-Inspector Abdul Ghani, Head Constable Bakhsh Ali, the DPO’s gunman Allah Rakha and an unidentified driver of the agriculture department — were taken to the Dera Allahyar Civil Hospital.
In the second incident, a bomb planted on railway track near the Subatput station went off at about 10:30pm.
Deputy Control Sukkur PR Division Mohammed Sabir said: “Yes, two slippers of the main railway track were damaged in the bomb blast.”
However, he said, the traffic was not disrupted as all trains had passed before the explosion.
Sources said that railway engineers and other staff had started the repair work and it was believed that the traffic would not be affected. On Monday, three children were injured when a bomb exploded in a village near Loralai.