At least 14 people have been injured thus far following a West Bengal train explosion Tuesday morning. According to initial reports, a bomb that was being transported by a passenger on board detonated in a packed train car near the town of Kolkata. The small explosion happened at around 3:55 a.m. local time on the Sealdah-Krishnanagar passenger train, which left from Titagarh station.
According to witnesses on the train, the bomb allegedly exploded in the fifth train car after a verbal altercation between two suspected criminals. Among the injured is the man who had the bomb, who is in critical condition. Currently, six of the injured are still in hospital and seven have been released from care.
The incident occurred during the peak hours of local train transportation across the region of West Bengal. One of the injured train passengers stated he heard someone arguing, “and talking about taking out a knife.” Niraj Singh, a senior police officials, stated that local police are currently investigating the scene and the two alleged criminals.
By Alex Lemieux
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