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At least 66 killed in India-Pakistan train blast

Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:42PM EST
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By Y.P. Rajesh

DEEWANA, India (Reuters) - Two bombs exploded on board a train bound from India to Pakistan, sparking a fire that killed at least 66 passengers on Monday, in an apparent attempt to sabotage a peace process between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Most of the victims were Pakistanis, but some Indians and three railway policemen died in the attack, officials said.

Bodies were laid out in blue bags between huge slabs of melting ice in a morgue in the nearby town of Panipat. Officials said about 30 of the bodies were charred beyond recognition.

"I have been working here for 25 years and I have never seen anything like this," said nurse Rohtas Singh. "Some bodies don't have legs, some don't have arms, some have no faces. Some you can't even make out if they are men or women."

About half a dozen of the corpses were of children.

Two unexploded suitcase bombs were also found on the train. Inside one, an electronic timer encased in clear plastic was packed next to more than a dozen plastic bottles containing a cocktail of fuel oils and chemicals.

Indian financial markets shrugged off the bombings, with the Mumbai stock market's index ending slightly higher on the day.  Continued...

 
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