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Explosive Hits India-Bound Thar Express, No Casualties

PTI 04 Dec 2010, 17:42:50 IST
Islamabad, Dec 4: Two compartments of India-bound Thar Express train derailed after hitting an explosive device planted on the tracks in Pakistan's southern Sindh province today though there were no casualties.

At least 155 passengers - including 105 Pakistanis and 50 Indians - were on board the train, officials said.

The incident occurred near Dhabeji station in Thatta, 67 km from provincial capital Karachi, early this morning.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Railways) Aftab Memon said there were no reports of loss of life or injury in the incident.

Railway officials said the train was targeted with a low-intensity bomb.

The incident occurred after the train departed shortly before midnight from Karachi's Cantonment railway station.

Police said two bombs were planted by suspected militants on the railway track.

One bomb went off, damaging a portion of the track, while the second bomb was later defused.

The train continued its journey to India after authorities detached the derailed bogies.

Rescue teams were also dispatched to the site. PTI