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Train Explosion kills 13 in India

  : Thursday, November 11, 1999
It is now known that an explosion on a Punjab express train killed 13 people and injured 50 more.
Train crash
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IR offensive against sabotage
A "Red Alert" against terrorism has been issued by Indian Railways. IR, anxious to take action to reduce attacks has asked for the Railway Protection force to be "beefed-up"

Instances of sabotage have doubled since last year and other "miscreant activity" has increased by 36 per cent - from 826 last year to 1,123.

Railways sound red alert against saboteurs
Rlys. powerless to prevent blasts

The incident occurred near the Kashmiri border in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Police believe that it was an explosive device that ripped through a carriage of the Pooja Express shortly after it had left Pathancot station at about 20:15 local time. The force of the explosion derailed the carriage bringing the train to a halt.

The train had left Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir for New Delhi at 18:00 local time.

It is believed that the device was placed in a 3rd class carriage which was crowded with pilgims returning from the Vaishno Devi temple at Jammu. Three people were killed instantly, two of whom were soldiers. A further 10 have died of their injuries. About 50 more people were hurt with injuries including severe burns. Police believe that extremists were reponsible for the blast, although no group has claimed responsibility. Militant groups, seeking independence for Kashmir have bombed the railway and trains in the area in the past.

This is the eighteenth time this year that Indian Railways has been the subject of terrorist attack.

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