Jaffar Express blasts, 5 dead

Two coordinated blasts targeting railway tracks hit near the Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express Friday, killing at least five people and leaving 17 others injured, railway officials said.

All the injured have been shifted to Quetta where an emergency has been declared at all state-run hospitals.

Ten people who were injured where shifted to Combined Military Hospital via helicopter. Hospital sources described the condition of five of those injured as serious.

Initial reports suggest that a bomb was planted along the railway track in the Ab-e-Gum area of Balochistan’s Bolan district. The second explosion took place in the same area 20 minutes later.

“There was another blast after the first one with an interval of 20 minutes at the same spot,” Hameed Gul, a senior railway official, told reporters.

Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri strictly condemned the attack and directed the Inspector General of Police Balochistan to hold an inquiry and submit a report in this regard. He also directed the chief secretary to submit a report within 24 hours and install secret cameras at all railway stations and bus stops.

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