Blast hits train in Pakistan; 7 killed
A bomb targeting a passenger train in southern Pakistan killed at least seven people and wounded more than 30 yesterday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks this year.
The bomb went off near Unar station, 450 kilometres northwest of Karachi, and badly damaged several carriages.
Officials said the Khushhal Khan Khattak express was travelling to Peshawar from Karachi when it was hit by the blast, which injured more than 30 people and damaged hundreds of metres of track.
No outfit claimed responsibility of the attack yet.
Pakistan has endured a bloody start to the year with 114 people killed in attacks in January, according to an AFP tally.
On January 29 Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced talks with the Pakistani Taliban to "give peace another chance", but some 60 more people have died in Islamist-linked violence since then.
Three carriages were derailed yesterday and two of them were severely damaged by the force of the explosion.
The government says more than 40,000 people have been killed in violence since 2001, when Pakistan allied itself with the US-led "war on terror".