QUETTA - At least three people were killed and 32 others sustained injures
in a rocket attack on Jaffar Express, near Kolpur area of Bolan district,
some 45 kilometers southeast of Quetta, on Friday.
According to officials, the Jaffar Express, a passenger train, was on its way to Rawalpindi from Quetta when unknown militants attacked it with rockets and heavy weapons at between Dozan and Kolpur in Machh area of Bolan district. Resultantly, three passengers were killed and 32 others sustained serious injuries, including three women in the attack.
The engine of train was badly damaged due to rocket attack.
When contacted, Machh tehsildar Zubair Kurd however said that two passengers were killed and 32 others, including women, children and railway police personnel were injured in the attack. “An alternative engine was sent to the area to pull the train towards its destination after 2 hours,” he said, adding that militants also blown up the railway track in Kolpur area of district Bolan. The railway link was disconnected with other parts of the country.
Pakistan Railway Balochistan spokesman Muhammad Kashif said that six employee of Pakistan Railway were also injured in the attack. He said the attackers first blown up the railway track at Kolpur area than they fired rocket targeting engine of train which was ultimately stopped.
The deceased and injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital Machh and later the injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital Quetta for further treatment. Two deceased were identified as Molvi Majid, resident of Mastung district, and Gul Shar resident of Harnai.
Eyewitnesses said Muhammad Imran, whose brother was injured in the attack, told reporters in civil hospital Quetta that the militants fired two rockets on train’s engine and then opened indiscriminate fire. CM Dr Abdul Malik Baloch condemned the attack and ordered a probe. No group claimed responsibility.
Following the rocket attack on the Jaffar Express in the Bolan Pass early in the day, the security establishment responded swiftly sending helicopter gunships to chase the militants who attacked the passenger train.
The quick FC response and use of helicopters within half an hour had indicated that the Government had enforced the internal security plan for Balochistan, if not for other areas.
The Deputy Commissioner,Abdul Waheed Shah, told newsmen that following the rocket attack and firing on the passengers, immediate help was sought from the security forces, including air cover.
A spokesman of the Frontier Corps had confirmed that in a statement that the para-military forces used two helicopters in a swift response and killed six militants in counter action.
The IGFC had condemned the rocket attack on Jaffar Express.
It may be recalled that the Interior Minister told a news conference that the Government will create a separate force of 2000 personnel fighting terrorism in all parts of Pakistan.
There will be a quick response force using air cover, helicopter to reach the spot within no time and carry out air strikes against the terrorists and militants.