QUETTA - A powerful explosion hit a passenger train in Mastung district of Balochistan province on Thursday, derailing four bogeys off the tracks and injuring at least 12 people, a media report quoted Levies and police officials as saying.
The media report also quoted Levies officials as saying that the blast ripped through the Quetta-bound Bugti Express coming from Lahore as it was passing through Dasht area of Mastung .
Senior police officer Imran Qureshi confirmed the incident, said the report.
Qureshi said a bomb appeared to have been planted on the railway tracks and it exploded as the train passed, derailing four bogies and injuring 12 passengers , according to the report.
The passenger train was stopped following the blast , and police and rescue workers were called in to evacuate the injured to Quetta for medical treatment.
It was still unclear whether the explosion was a terrorist attack, but militants often target railway tracks and blow up gas pipelines in the southwestern province’s troubled areas.