Rail engine hijacking for terror plot foiled in Karachi
Pakistan Link: 23 Aug 06
KARACHI: A railway engine hijacking bid to use it for a terrorism act was foiled in Karachi. The railway police arrested three men involved in the incident under terror charges.
According to the railway authorities a railway engine parked at marshalling yard of the Port Qasim station was found missing, which later traced to be taken to the city. The officials informed the police control about it.
Railways staff tried to stop the engine at Landhi railway station but the engine driver didn’t respond to the signal. Railway men sparked off crackers to warn the engine driver but the driver still didn’t stop the engine.
At the time Farid Express and Karakoram Express were arriving to Karachi from the upcountry. The driver directed the stolen locomotive behind the Karakoram Express. The railway officials and police believed that the engine thieves trying to commit a sabotage act and the drivers of Karakoram and Farid Express were directed to speedup to take their trains away from the chasing locomotive.
Drigh Road railway station staff and police were made alert to stop the engine by any mean. The railway staff diverted the engine to a loop line and the engine was collided with the finishing point and grounded in the land.
The railway officials immediately reached to the place. The man driving the engine tried to flee from the scene but captured immediately. No identity card or other identification documents about his nationality found with him. The man was suspected to be a foreign national.
The Cantt railway police have registered case against the accused under terrorism and negligence charges, while engine driver Muhammad Khalid and fireman Ahmed Ali were also arrested with him.