- Title: At least four dead as bomb rips through Pakistan train
- Date: 7th October 2016
- Summary: MACH, BALUCHISTAN PROVINCE, PAKISTAN (OCTOBER 7, 2016) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) PEOPLE GATHERED NEAR BOMBED TRAIN (MUTE) DAMAGED INTERIOR OF RAIL CARRIAGE (MUTE) DAMAGED WINDOWS OF CARRIAGE (MUTE) DAMAGED SLEEPING COMPARTMENT BELONGINGS ON FLOOR OF DAMAGED CARRIAGE VARIOUS OF DAMAGED CEILING OF CARRIAGE (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) RELATIVE OF TWO OF THE TRAIN BOMB VICTIMS, SAYING: "We sat in the train from Quetta station. We were going home to Punjab. As the train crossed Mach, the bomb blast took place, it exploded in the train. Several people were injured, five or six died. My two relatives are among the dead." PEOPLE GATHERED NEAR AMBULANCE AT HOSPITAL AMBULANCE TWO BOYS WITH INJURED WOMAN SITTING INSIDE AMBULANCE BODY BAG INSIDE AMBULANCE AMBULANCE DRIVING VEHICLE CARRYING SOLDIERS SOLDIERS AND VEHICLES ON ROAD POLICE AND PARAMILITARY SOLDIERS SURVEYING RAIL TRACK VARIOUS OF PARTS OF TRAIN LYING ON TRACK VARIOUS OF TRACK BEING REPAIRED TRAIN TROLLY ON TRACK
- Embargoed: 22nd October 2016 20:34
- Keywords: Baluchistan attack Mach Pakistan train
- Location: MACH, BALUCHISTAN PROVINCE, PAKISTAN
- City: MACH, BALUCHISTAN PROVINCE, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA00153099HJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3.
Two bombs targeting a train in the restive western Pakistani province of Baluchistan killed at least four people on Friday (October 7) and wounded 16, officials said.
The bombs hit the Jaffer Express which runs between the provincial capital, Quetta, and Rawalpindi, next to the capital, Islamabad, said Kashif Akhtar, a senior railways official in Quetta.
No group has claimed responsibility for the explosions near the town of Mach, about 65 km (40 miles) southeast of Quetta. Ethnic Baluch rebel forces have targeted transport infrastructure in the province in the past.
Railway services from Quetta had been suspended and rescue services were tending to the wounded, Akhtar said.
Security forces foiled a similar attack on Thursday as an attacker laid explosives on a railway track near Quetta, he said.
Last week, Allah Nazar Baloch, the chief of the Balochistan Liberation Front, appealed for international help in his group's fight against the state, including from Pakistan's regional rival India.
Attacks on infrastructure in Baluchistan are a cause of concern for Pakistan's neighbour and "all-weather" friend China.
Beijing is investing $46 billion in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project, which aims to link western China to Pakistan's Arabia Sea with a network of road, rail and energy pipelines. Many of the routes pass through Baluchistan.
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