QUETTA: Two explosions targeting a passenger train killed at least six people and wounded 19 others in Balochistan province Friday, officials said.
The attack, claimed by the separatist Baloch Liberation Army, came as the Rawalpindi-bound Jaffer Express was passing the town of Much, 55 kilometres of Quetta.
“The explosions damaged two passenger carriages and killed six people besides wounding 19 others,” senior local Pakistan Railways official Imtiaz Ahmad told AFP, updating the earlier toll of three deaths.
He said the fresh toll came after railway officials finalised the list of dead and injured. It was also confirmed by a senior doctor at the local hospital Noor Baluch.
Earlier, provincial home secretary Akbar Harifal told AFP rescue teams had been rushed to the accident site.
A spokesman for the Baloch Liberation Army said the attack had targeted “military personnel who travel to Rawalpindi by this train”.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif “strongly condemned the attack and directed authorities concerned to find the culprits and bring them to task immediately,” an official statement said.