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Train Attack in India Kills 66 people

Washington Post Lead: Muneeza Naqvi reported an explosion on a train headed
for Pakistan set off a fire that swept through two cars and killed at least
65 people in an attack that a government minister said was aimed at
undermining the peace process between India and Pakistan. Naqvi gives an
explanation of the attack, it had to do with peace between India and
Pakistan. This lead provides the reader with the who, what, when, where,
and why. Although, Naqvi says it was the government minister who said the
attack was from the peace process between India and Pakistan, Naqvi is
making that claim as well. With the attack being so serious and involving a
lot of people, I personally would be skeptical on what the true motives
were.

New York Times Lead: Somini Sengupta reported a day after two homemade
bombs killed at least 66 people on a train traveling to Pakistan from
India, the governments of both countries on Monday condemned the attack and
pledge that it would not deter their aim of reducing longstanding
hostilities on the subcontinent. Sengupta provided his readers with more of
a objective explanation of the attack. He gives a positive reaction to the
bombings, the governments of both countries pledge that it will not alter
the hostilities between the two countries. I think that Sengupta
diffidently showed the readers what is the most important: the bombing will
not change anything political. I think Sengupta carefully chose this route
because a lot of people were involved and hostilities are a reality. It's
best for a reporter not to play with fire when burned bridges are being
remade.


New York Times: Sengupta reports that 13 survivors somehow escaped,
including an infant and Kamruddin, 60, a small thin man from Multan. It was
hard to tell who the victims were and whether they were Indian or
Pakistani. This is very descriptive. I think that intense descriptions such
as this one is important because it puts the reader at the event, the
reader can feel for the victims and their families. It also shows the
reality of terrorism. The NYT also gave a picture of the the two cars of
the Samjhauta Express. I believe that readers NEED to see these sort of
graphic photos because people need to see how gruesome terrorism is and that
citizens cannot ignore these tragedies.

The Washington Post: Naqvi reports, at least 30 passengers who were burned
or injured in the blaze have been hospitalized in the nearby town of
Panipat. Naqvi does not paint a scene of the reader, but simply state the
facts. It's important to report accuracy--that's the job of being a
reporter. But the reporter also has an obligation to show the reader how
tragic this event was and show them why they should care, even though it
was thousand of miles away. The Washington Post did not provide the website
with any photos of the bombings. Once again this is crucial. Whether or
not your readers want to hear about or look at horrible attacks of death
and injury it's important for humanity.

He gives information about the past peaceful talks between India and
Pakistan for three years, saying "yielding little more than accord on
transportation links like the Attari Express. They have fought each other
in three wars since independence from British rule in 1947.

NYT Sengupta gave quotes from railroad minister, president of Pakistan. He
talks about the investigations. He reports that three other bombs were
found in the train's other coaches...a suitcase packed with eight to nine
bottles filled with an unknown liquid. In the attack, bombs went off inside
two coaches, toward the back of the train, shortly after in left Diwana at
11:53. By the time fire trucks arrived, the two coaches were ablaze and
the air smelled of burning plastic a flesh (very descriptive). This last
sentence once again paints the picture of how horrible this attack was. As
a reader I want to know more and how the India's government is going to
handle the situation. And most importantly, if a war or disagreement
between India and Pakistan did happen, I would have a clear understanding
of why India is so pissed off.

The Washington Post: Naqvi investigation reports that because of security
concerns, the train is kept sealed...passenger may have been trapped inside
the burning cars. People who live near the tracks rushed to the train with
buckets of water soon after the fire broke out. The blaze was eventually
extinguished after fire engines arrived.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/19/world/asia/19cnd-india.html?pagewanted=1&ref=world

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/18/AR2007021801653.html