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13 killed as Jaffar Express derails near Bolan

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QUETTA:(APS)Nov17,2015-At least 13 people including Engine Driver and assistant driver were killed and more than 100 passengers were injured when Rawalpindi bound train Jaffar Express derailed near Aab-Gum area of Bolan on Tuesday.

The Levies sources told Radio Pakistan Quetta that all bogies including engine of the train were derailed due to brake failure.

Seventy injured have been shifted to Mach hospital while other serious wounded are being shifted to Quetta hospitals.

According to Railway sources the relief train has been dispatched to the site.

The Quick Response Force of Frontier Corps Balochistan with Two MI-17 helicopter of Pak Army have reached the site where the Jaffar Express was derailed to help in rescue and relief activities.

Meanwhile, an emergency meeting was held at the railways headquarters in Lahore under the chairmanship of the federal minister for Railway Khawaja Saad Rafique.

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It was told in the meeting that a special relief and rescue team have set out from Lahore to the spot to provide assistance to the victims of the train accident.

The relief trains have also departed from Sibbi, Sukkur and Quetta to the spot aimed at providing assistance to the injured passengers of the Jaffar Express.

CONDOLENCES

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in Jaffar express accident.

They commiserated with the bereaved families. Prime Minister directed to provide best possible treatment to the injured.

He also directed the minister for Railways to probe into the incident.

ISPR

ISPR has said one hundred and forty injured passengers of Jaffar Express train incident have been shifted to safer places.

It said eighty-five people were shifted by road, while fifty-five were transferred through helicopters.

Bodies of thirteen people were shifted to Quetta.

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