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Seventeen Killed After Bomb Rips Through Pakistan Passenger Train

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A bomb blast killed 17 people and injured 29 when it ripped through a passenger train travelling through southern Pakistan on Tuesday, police said.

The blast was caused by a remotely controlled bomb that had been hidden in a bag in a carriage, police said.

At least eight people were burned alive in the fire that resulted from the blast on the Jaffar Express Train, police chief Abdul Rehman said. One child and two women were among the dead, police said.

"Fire engulfed the (carriage) following the blast causing most of the deaths," a rescue worker told Reuters.

The train had stopped at Sibi Railway station in the restive province of Balochistan en route to Rawalpindi from Quetta, Rehman said. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, which officials blamed on Baloch separatists.

-Mujeeb Ahmed, with Reuters

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