Rescue Operation Of Derailed Train Complete – Sabotage Likely : Railway Minister

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The military’s rescue teams on Friday recovered the bodies of all those who lost their lives in the train disaster near Wazirabad the previous day while Railways teams managed to pull the three carriages from the water.

However, the train’s locomotive could not be retrieved.The bodies of army officers were sent to their native towns after funeral prayers in Gujranwala Cantonment. Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif and senior officers attended the prayers.

Federal Railway Minister Khwaja Saad Rafique said that a probe has begun into the incident and that so far no evidence of terrorism has been found. But he did say the possibility of sabotage could not be ruled out in the tragedy. Rafique said that a complete report of the incident would be presented in 72 hours.

The collapse also raises concerns about the safety of infrastructure. Several TV channels reported that the bridge had been marked as “extremely dangerous” as most railway bridges were built over 100 years ago by the British.

Pakistan Railways spokesman Abdul Rauf Tahir says another passenger train carrying hundreds of people had passed over the same bridge about 90 minutes before the train carrying soldiers fell into the canal.

“We frequently examine our bridges, but it is too early to say what caused the accident,” he told The Associated Press.