Gujranwala Train Incident: 12 Dead & Many Injured
GUJRANWALA: At least 12 people, including a senior army officer, were killed on Thursday when a train carrying soldiers and military hardware fell into a canal in Gujranwala following the partial collapse of a bridge, officials said.
The accident occurred near the eastern town of Wazirabad in Punjab as it headed to the garrison town of Kharian.
A statement issued by the military said four carriages derailed as the train crossed Chanawan Bridge.
DG ISPR Asim Bajwa tweeted that eight bodies, including “Lieutenant Colonel Amir”, the commander of a unit, had so far been recovered while a further four people were missing.
“Almost 200 people were travelling on the train,” said SSP Waqas Nazir, adding that the canal has been closed to carryout the rescue operation.
Khawja Saad Rafiq said the cause of the crash was unknown. But a senior military official said the army suspected sabotage.
“We suspect that this was an act of sabotage… The planks on the rail were tampered with,” the official said, requesting anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
Later on, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed concerns for those injured in the accident.
News Source: http://tribune.com.pk/