Three injured in Dera train attack

Three injured in Dera train attack

* Balochistan Constabulary man killed

By Malik Siraj Akbar

QUETTA: Unidentified assailants targeted a train going from Balochistan to Sindh on Sunday as armed men killed a recruit of the Balochistan Constabulary (BC) in Quetta.

The attack on Jaffar Express – which was headed from Quetta to Sindh – took place in Mangoli, seven kilometres from Dera Murad Jamali district. At least three people were injured in the assault, and they have been shifted to a hospital in Dera Murad Jamali.

The Baloch Republican Army (BRA) has claimed responsibility for the attack. Its spokesman, Sarbaz Baloch, told Daily Times that the driver of the train had been killed, but the claim could not be verified through independent sources.

Following the assault on Jaffar Express, Pakistan Railways stopped the Quetta Express – another train on its way to Quetta – at Jacobabad as a precautionary measure.

Sunday’s attack was the second on a passenger train in four days. Baloch militants have been known to damage railway lines, but these are the first incidents in which trains have come under direct attacks.

In a separate incident, armed men killed a personnel of the Balochistan Constabulary in Quetta’s Shallkot area on Sunday evening. The recruit has been identified as Abdul Hakeem. The assailants managed to escape. Police said they launched an operation to search for the men. No group has claimed responsibility for the killing of the BC personnel.

The attack appeared to be a targeted killing – the first of its type directed against a government functionary in 2009. Around 73 people fell victim to targeted killings by Baloch militants in 2008.

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