QUETTA: Miscreants on Saturday morning blew up a railway track in the Bakhtiarabad area of Balochistan's Sibi district.
Levies' sources told Dawn that a two-feet track was damaged when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated. The IED was planted close to the railway track which was damaged when the explosion occurred.
Train services between Balochistan and other parts of the country were suspended after the blast and passenger trains were stopped at different locations owing to security reasons.
Levies and Frontier Corps personnel reached the spot to launch an investigation into the incident. Technical railway staff was also called to ensure immediate repair of the damaged portion of the track.
Last year in April, at least 17 people, two women and four children among them, were burned to death and over 45 were injured in a powerful explosion in a carriage of a Rawalpindi-bound train at a station in Sibi.
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The blast had taken place at a time when President Mamnoon Hussain was in Quetta on a two-day visit.
Militants blew up railway track in Pakistan's Balochistan province
By PTI | 7 Feb, 2015
ISLAMABAD: Militants today blew up a railway track using a powerful IED in Pakistan's restive southwestern Balochistan province, suspending movement of trains on the route.
The unknown militants detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Bakhtiarabad area of Sibi district, officials said.
The device was planted near the track which was destroyed in the explosion, suspending train services between Balochistan and other parts of the country. Passenger trains were stopped at different locations owing to security reasons. No damage to life was reported.
Security personnel reached the scene to investigate the incident and nab the militants. Nobody took responsibility for the attack, but Baloch nationalist often target train services and security forces in the volatile region.
Separatist groups have been fighting a low-key insurgency since 2004 in Balochistan which turned deadlier after the murder of Jamhoori Watan Party leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in a military operation in 2006.
At least 17 people were killed and 45 injured in a powerful explosion in a train at Sibi station last April when President Mamnoon Hussain was in Quetta on a two-day visit.