Backgrounder: Violence claims over 500 lives in Pakistan in 2010

14:08, April 18, 2010      

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Roughly more than 500 people have been killed and more than 1,300 others injured so far this year in terror attacks in Pakistan.

Observers believe that actual number of causalities is much higher than what has been reported. The incidents of blasts and terrorism are given below in chronological order, however, certain incidents of target killing are ignored.

Jan. 1: At least 105 people were killed and dozens of others injured when a suicide bomber blew up his vehicle in a crowd watching a volleyball game in the southern district of Lakki Marwat in northwestern part of Pakistan, North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

Jan. 3: In the north-western Pakistani town of Hangu, a former NWFP provincial minister Ghani-ur Rehman and two other people were killed in a roadside bomb attack.

Jan. 8: In Pakistan's southern city of Karachi unknown gunmen went on the rampage killing at least 7 people within the area.

Jan. 20: Four persons including Aurangzeb Khan, a politician and member of the provincial ruling Awami National Party, were seriously injured in a bomb blast in Peshawar, the capital of NWFP.

Jan. 23: A suicide bomber killed children among five people outside a police station in Gomal, Tank District, lying near Pakistan's tribal areas.

Jan. 30: A suspected suicide bomber killed at least 16 people and wounded 20 others, when he attacked a checkpoint in the northwestern Pakistani town of Khar, headquarters of Bajaur tribal region.

Feb. 3: At least 10 people were killed, including three United States soldiers, when a bomb blast hit a convoy near a school in the northwest region of Pakistan. Three schoolgirls were also among the dead and it is believed that this blast injured up to another 70 people within the area.

Feb. 5: At least 13 were killed and 50 injured in a blast in a mini bus near Nursery Road in Karachi. After two hours the second planted bomb blasted at motorcycle stand emergency gate of government Jinnah hospital killing 10 and injuring dozens others including rescuers.

Feb. 9: A senior Pakistani politician was attacked by militants in Pakistan's garrison city of Rawalpindi in the Punjab province. The politician, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, survived this attack however 3 of his security guards were killed.

Feb. 11: Two bomb explosions in Bannu district in NWFP, near a police compound left at least 12 people killed and another 20 injured.

Feb. 18: A bomb attack in crowded a market resulted in the deaths of at least 15 people and wounded more than 100 others in Pakistan's Tirah valley of the Kyber tribal region.

Feb. 22: Two Pakistani soldiers among 5 people were killed and many others injured in a bomb attack in Mingora, the main city in the Swat region of northwest Pakistan.

Feb. 27: Three police officers were killed and 13 other people wounded when a suicide bomber targeted a police station in the Karak area of NWFP. The blast also damaged a nearby mosque, as well as part of the police station.

March 5: 12 people were killed and another 25 were injured in the Hangu district of north-west Pakistan when a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of vehicles traveling from the Hangu district to the Kurram region.

March 8: A suicide bomb attack killed at least 13 people in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, provincial capital of Punjab, and wounded more than 60 others. The bomber reportedly rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a building that housed an anti- terrorist wing of the federal investigative agency.

March 10: Unidentified gunmen attacked the office of a Western aid agency, in the Mansehra district of Pakistan's NWFP. Six persons were killed in this assault.

March 12: Two suicide bomb attacks in Lahore resulted in the deaths of at least 45 people and wounded 100 others. Both of these bomb attacks reportedly targeted military vehicles as they were passing through a crowded area.

March 13: A suicide blast near the city of Mingora, Swat Valley, left 10 people killed and 37 others injured.

March 21: Two policemen among three people were killed and 14 otehrs were wounded after a bicycle bomb exploded in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan.

April 5: At least 49 people were killed and more than 50 others were wounded after a suicide bomber attacked a political party rally in the Lower Dir district, bordering tribal areas in Pakistan.Minutes after the blast unknown militants attacked the U. S. consulate in the city of Peshawar. It has been reported that at least seven people were killed in the attack in Peshawar.

April 16: At least 10 people were killed and another 35 others were injured after a suicide bomb attack took place at a hospital, in the Pakistani city of Quetta. A TV camerman, as well as teo police officers were among the dead in the attack.

April 17: At least 41 people were killed and more than 50 others injured after two suicide bombers attacked an Internally Displaced Persons's camp in northwest Pakistan's Kohat city.

Source: Xinhua


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