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3/28/05

Two bombs explode on railway track linking Pakistan and Iran

Quetta, March 28, IRNA-Pakistani railway officials said on Monday that two bombs exploded on the railway line in the southwestern province of Baluchistan which links Pakistan and Iran, reports said.

The Railways Traffic Control said the blasts occurred in the Ahmedwal area, northwest of the provincial capital, Quetta.

Train services were suspended following the blast, the officials said.

Railways officials said that the track has been repaired and train services will soon resume.

The officials said no one was hurt in the blasts.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

A little known group, the Baluchistan Liberation Army, had always claimed responsibility for earlier attacks of this kind.

The group is fighting for what it claims are the rights of Baluchistan. Security has deteriorated in Baluchistan in recent months.

The Pakistani government has held two rounds of talks with a senior Baluch tribal chief to end the months-long stand-off with armed tribesmen.

President of the ruling Muslim League party Chaudhury Shujaat Hussain met Baluch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti on Sunday and the two sides agreed to set up a three-member committee to find a peaceful solution to the problem.

Hundreds of armed Bugti supporters fought a pitched battle with security men earlier this month, resulting in casualties on both sides.

After Sunday's meeting, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz also said he is confident of resolving the crisis.

... Payvand News - 3/28/05 ... --



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