KASHMORE — A bomb targeting a passenger train in southern Pakistan killed at least five people and wounded more than 30 others on Sunday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks since the start of the year.
The blast took place near Unar railway station, 450 kilometres (279 miles) northeast of Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province.
“The Khushhal Khan Khattak express train was on its way to Peshawar from Karachi when it was hit by the blast, killing five passengers including three children and wounding over 30 others,” a senior local administration official, Sardar Jamali told AFP.
He added that three passenger wagons were derailed and two of them were severely damaged by the impact of the explosion.
Jamali said that Sunday’s bomb was likely an improvised explosive device, while the general manager of Pakistan Railways, Anjum Parvaiz, suggested it was a remote controlled explosion planted on the track.
Parvaiz, who confirmed the incident and casualties, said 800 metres of railway track had been damaged.
Pakistan has endured a bloody start to the year with 114 people killed in attacks in January, according to an AFP tally.