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Death on the tracks

Febaruary 19, 2007
It was one of the most devastating terrorist attacks on Indian Railways.

Sixty seven people were killed and 13 others injured in blasts on board the transborder Delhi-Attari special express at Siwa village in Panipat district past midnight. Many of those killed were Pakistani nationals returning home after meeting their near and dear ones in India. The fire was noticed in the last two bogies of the train when it reached the railway crossing near the village at about 0100 hours, Panipat police said.

Panic-stricken passengers jostled and jumped for safety following the blasts and subsequent fire in the two bogies as the train halted near the village in darkness. Most passengers were asleep at the time of blasts.

Official sources said most of the bodies recovered were charred beyond recognition. The bodies have been brought to the Civil Hospital at Panipat where they have been kept for identification.

Image: Security personnel stand beside the charred coaches of the Delhi-Attari special express at Deewana railway station near Panipat in Haryana.
Photographs: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images
Also read: What happened inside Delhi-Attari express

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