Twin blasts, train accident kill 8 Pakistanis; FC kills bomb planter

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD -- Twin blasts near a passenger train in Balochistan October 7 killed at least eight people, Dunya News reported, adding that the second bomb exploded during a rescue operation.

The bombs exploded near the Quetta-bound Jaffar Express in Mach, Balochistan.

Earlier that day, the Frontier Corps (FC) fatally shot a local militant commander who was trying to plant a bomb on the railway track in Dera Murad Jamali, Balochistan, Dunya News reported. The FC recovered a bomb, detonator, wires and a sub-machine gun from the dead man.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Counter Terrorism Department recently completed geo-tagging of all seminaries in the province, Dawn reported October 7.

Police documented students' and teachers' backgrounds, a police official told Dawn.

In other news, the Pakistani parliament October 6 passed a bill to prevent "honour killings", Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported. The bill, if signed by President Mamnoon Hussain, would bar family members of a slain woman from forgiving the killer or killers.

Such killers would have to spend 25 years in prison even if the victim's family forgives them, Senator Farhatullah Babar, a bill sponsor, said, according to Geo News.

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