Train Derails in Pakistan, 9 killed


Karachi: At least nine persons were killed and 100 others injured when a passenger train derailed in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Tuesday. The incident took place this morning at Ab-i-gum area in Bolan district of the province.

Four coaches of Jaffar Express, en route to Rawalpindi from the provincial capital of Quetta, derailed from its tracks. The driver and assistant drive of the train are among the nine persons killed in the accident.

According to investigations, the train derailed due to the failure of its brakes. Rescue sources were quoted as saying that nine people had died and around 100 others wounded in the mishap. The victims were rushed to nearby hospitals in Quetta where an emergency has been declared in all hospitals.

The remote-controlled blast took place when Jaffar Express was running on the outskirts of Quetta. Those killed were railway employees. The outlawed United Baloch Army had claimed responsibility for the blast, the report said.