Hyderabad: Six blasts at three places damage rail tracks
HYDERABAD: Six blasts caused by highly explosive devices destroyed rail tracks at three places in Sindh on Sunday, halting rail traffic for a few hours.
Two blasts on the up and down country tracks took place near Sehrish Nagar railway crossing in Hussainabad early in the morning.
Pamphlets found near the blast sites carried the name of little-known Sindhu Desh Liberation Army (SDLA) and rejected ‘anti-Sindh projects’, including Zulfikarabad. There was no report of any casualty and no arrests have been made.
According to railways chief controller’s office in Karachi, no train movement was scheduled at that time.
Three trains, Millat, Chenab and Khyber Mail, were halted at Kotri, Jhimpir and Jung Shahi railway stations for more than an hour before the tracks were repaired and the trains resumed their journey.
According to bomb disposal squad (BDS) personnel, the blasts were caused by a highly explosive substance. But they did not find any shrapnel at the blast site.
Hussainabad police have lodged a case against unidentified persons. But no arrests have so far been made, according to SHO Saghir Sangi.
He said the pamphlets carried slogans against Zulfikarabad and other projects deemed anti-Sindh by the outfit.
In Nawabshah, two explosions took place on the up and down tracks near Habib Sugar Mills, minutes after Zakriya Express had crossed the place.
Khyber Mail was stopped immediately after the explosion. In pamphlets found nearby the SDLA claimed responsibility for the blasts. Tracks on the down tracks were repaired and cleared in a few minutes but repairs of the up track took six hours.
In Naushahro Feroze district, two blasts took place on the up and down tracks at Langerji minor, one kilometre from Mehrabpur railway station, blowing away two feet of the down track and nine inches of the up track.
Bomb disposal official Pathan Buriro told reporters that the devices appeared to be locally made and weighed about three kg.
The tracks were repaired and train service resumed after three hours. No FIR was lodged till late evening.