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Pakistan: Baloch Liberation Tigers claim responsibility of blast that derailed train, killed 4

A police officer and rescue workers stand near to a derailed passenger train, after a bomb went off on track in Naseerabad, Pakistan. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 18, 2019, 07.47 AM (IST)

Baloch Liberation Tigers (BLT) claimed responsibility for a blast that took place on a railway track in Pakistan's Balochistan province on Sunday, news agency ANI reported.

According to reports, the blast was carried out with a remote-controlled device in Naseerabad, Balochistan on Sunday morning and affected Jaffar Express train. 

As many as four security personnel lost their lives in the blast, many got wounded. The blast derailed 6 carriages of the train, which was running from the northwestern city of Peshawar to the Balochistan provincial capital of Quetta, news agency Reuters reported. 

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Separatist rebels have been fighting the security forces for years in the resource-rich province of Balochistan.  

It was the second train attack in two weeks in the area. No casualties were reported in the earlier blast.

Balochistan is an important part of transport and energy projects that form part of China’s Belt and Road initiative, which has brought $57 billion of investment to Pakistan.

(With inputs from Reuters) 

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The blast derailed 6 carriages of the train, which was running from the northwestern city of Peshawar to the Balochistan provincial capital of Quetta.