Cross-boarder attacks from Afghanistan claim 22 lives in Pakistan

16:42, July 24, 2011      

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At least 22 people were killed and 64 others injured during the past week in the cross-border terrorist attacks on security checkposts and villages in the northwestern tribal belt of Pakistan that shares common boarder with Afghanistan, local media reported on Sunday.

Express TV quoted a weekly report compiled by the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies as saying that the number of attacks on security forces across the northwestern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas registered a drastic increase during the first week of July.

The report showed that militant attacks spiked during the latest week after a relative lull in the preceding two weeks.

Attacks on security forces across the province's settled and tribal areas started in mid June in which 41 deaths occurred. As many as 120 people were injured in these incidents.

However, the attacks intensified again after a gap of two weeks, resulting in 48 deaths and 150 injuries.

The report also showed that the overall rate of deaths during the reporting week remained high, mainly because of security forces ' retaliatory attacks against militants and drone strikes and clashes between extremists and pro-government tribal militias.

A larger number of security personnel got injured in these terrorist attacks, mainly in cross-border attacks and ambushes on checkposts and patrol convoys.

The number of civilian casualties was also higher because of firefights between militants and security personnel, but the militants suffered most casualties.

As many as 11 security personnel, including two policemen, five Frontier Constabulary (FC) men and four army soldiers, were killed and 50 others were wounded in the attacks.

Although this week no attack was reported on Afghanistan-bound NATO supply trucks and oil tankers at the Pak-Afghan boarder area, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa saw as many as eight attacks on NATO oil tankers leaving seven people dead, including five civilians and two policemen.

Source: Xinhua
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