Mastung: At least four people were killed while at least 12 others sustained injuries as an Improvised Explosives Device (IED) blasted near a railway track in Dasht, area of Balochistan’s Mastung today

According to law enforcement agencies, the explosive targeted the Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express when it reached Dasht area, located a few kilometers from Quetta and bordering Mastung district.

The injured were at once shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta and Bolan Medical Complex Hospital for medical assistance whereas the hospital staff has also declared emergency in the hospitals.

According to Pakistan Railways spokesman Maqbool Ahmed, the powerful explosion damaged the first car and part of the track. He said the track has been repaired and traffic restored. The Jaffar Express had earlier been stopped immediately after the attack.

Launching investigation into the matter, a heavy contingent of Frontier Corps and Levies personnel reached the blast site and cordoned off the area as an investigation into the incident was initiated.

Police personnel also said the blast has damaged a small portion of the railway track along with a bogey of the train.

According to Bomb Disposal Squad, an explosive weighing 8 kilograms was used in the blast.

However, nobody has claimed the responsibility for the attack. 

The Jaffar Express has been targeted by similar IED attacks in the past. Police said remote-controlled explosive material was planted by terrorists on the railway track to target Jaffar Express that was also hit by a similar bomb attack last year in which five people were killed.