الجمعة , مايو 21 2021

Pakistan train canal plunge kills 12

Security officials rescue passengers after a train dreailed into a canal near Gujranwala, 80 kilometers north of Lahore, Pakistan, 02 July 2015.

Four carriages of the train derailed after part of the bridge collapsed

At least 12 soldiers have been killed in Pakistan after a train carrying hundreds of army personnel derailed from a bridge and plunged into a canal.

The army said four carriages derailed after part of the bridge collapsed near Wazirabad in Punjab province.

It was not clear what caused the bridge to collapse, but reports said it dated back to the British colonial era.

Khawaja Saad Rafique, Pakistan’s railways minister, suggested sabotage may have been involved in the accident.

“It seems like some other hand must be involved because derailment does not happen like this,” he told local media.

The dead reportedly included a senior officer.

Mr Rafique called the incident “unprecedented”.

“It could either be a case of a blast or someone has tried to loosen the fish-plate on the track,” he told Karachi’s Geo TV.

A preliminary report would be issued on Thursday night, followed by a more detailed report within 72 hours, he said.

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