Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafique, addressing reporters outside parliament in Islamabad, confirmed the attack. Railway services from Quetta had been suspended and rescue services were tending to the wounded, Akhtar said. Security forces foiled a similar attack on Thursday as an attacker laid explosives on a railway track near Quetta, he said. Last week, Allah Nazar Baloch, the chief of the Balochistan Liberation Front, appealed for international support in his group's fight against the state, including from Pakistan's regional rival India.
Terror strike in Balochistan, passenger train hit by twin blasts, 5 dead watch details now in 3pm bulletin pic.twitter.com/PnfZKHQRsI— JAAG TV (@JaagAlerts) October 7, 2016
Blasts killed 4 on #Pakistan railway in #Bolan area of occupied #Balochistan pic.twitter.com/9L8gHPA9zA — Voice Of Freedom (@Voiceoffreedo14) October 7, 2016Attacks on infrastructure in Balochistan are a cause of concern for Pakistan's neighbour and "all-weather" friend China. Beijing is investing $46bn in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project, which aims to link western China to Pakistan's Arabia Sea with a network of road, rail and energy pipelines. Many of the routes pass through Balochistan.