Pakistani passengers wait at a railway station after the suspension of train services following a bomb explosion hitting a passenger train in southwest Pakistan's Quetta, Oct. 21, 2013. At least five people were killed and 15 others injured when a blast hit a passenger train in Pakistan's southwest province of Balochistan on Monday morning, local media Geo reported. (Xinhua/Mohammad)
ISLAMABAD, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- At least five people were killed and 15 others injured when a blast hit a passenger train in Pakistan's southwest province of Balochistan on Monday morning, local media Geo reported.
According to local media reports, the blast took place at about 9:30 a.m. local time when a Jaffar Express train was on its way from Quetta, capital city of Balochistan, to Rawalpindi, sister city of the country's capital Islamabad.
The train was hit near Nasirabad, a district in eastern Balochistan, said local media, adding that four compartments of the train derailed following the blast.
Earlier, a local TV channel reported that it was a rocket attack, but railway police later confirmed it was a blast caused by a bomb planted on the rail track, which was detonated by a remote-control device.
Police and rescue team rushed to the site after the explosion was reported and all the blast victims have been shifted to a civil hospital in Nasirabad.
An investigation into the incident has been kicked off.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.