Sabotage suspected in Pakistan train crash

Published on Jan 30, 2006 11:28 AM IST

Investigators believe sabotage to a rail track caused part of a packed express train to crash into a ravine.

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Pakistani investigators believe sabotage to a rail track caused part of a packed express train to crash into a ravine, killing at least three people and injuring more than 40, officials said.

The Islamabad Express, with up to 600 people on board, went partly off the tracks around 7:30 pm on Sunday near the eastern village of Domeli.

Several cars toppled off the track and one tumbled 100 meters to the bottom of a gorge.

Officials at the scene said the track had been damaged before the train passed on its run from Rawalpindi to Lahore.

"It was definitely sabotage," said a senior security official, adding that plates, which connect the rail lines to planks beneath, had been removed.

Also, a senior railway official said that a preliminary investigation report suggested that it was sabotage, although he would not say who might have done it.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity, as they were not authorised to comment to media on the investigation.

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