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Statement by MEA Official Spokesperson on the blasts in Delhi-Attari Express

New Delhi
February 19, 2007 

Government of India strongly condemns the blasts in Train No. 4001 Delhi-Attari Express (link train of Samjhauta Express) at around mid-night of 18-19 February 2007. Two of the 16 coaches caught fire. At least 64 people were killed in the fire and several others injured. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Our immediate priority is to deal with the humanitarian consequences of the tragedy. The injured have been taken to hospitals in Panipat and in Delhi. The dead include a number of Pakistanis, many of them burnt beyond recognition. They are being identified with the help of Pakistani authorities. A team of officials from Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi is on its way to Panipat.

2. The passport numbers of the passengers in the unreserved coaches affected by the explosions have been sent to Pakistani authorities for assistance in identification of the dead.

3. Visas will be issued to relatives of the dead and injured by the High Commission of India in Islamabad, which will set up a visa camp in Lahore for this purpose. We will also arrange for their travel from Attari/Wagah to Panipat and Delhi.

4. Two officials from Pakistan Railways are also expected to come to Attari to assist the passengers who are already in Attari.

5. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the victims of this gruesome tragedy. Government will make every effort to bring to justice the perpetrators of this heinous act.