April saw 24pc increase in militant attacks: report – Pakistan

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SLAMABAD: A 24pc increase in the number of military attacks was recorded in April compared to March 2022, according to figures released by the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS).

In April, soldiers carried out 34 attacks in which 55 people were killed, including 34 security personnel, 13 people and eight soldiers. At least 25 people were injured, including 11 security personnel and 14 civilians. The insurgents carried out 26 attacks across the country in March 2022 in which 115 people were killed and 288 injured.

Most of the attacks took place in areas controlled by the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

PICSS recorded 16 rebel attacks in Fata in which 31 people were killed, including 21 security guards, seven soldiers and three civilians, while 10 people were injured, including six security guards and four civilians.

In the KP, soldiers carried out 10 attacks in which 17 people were killed, including 12 security personnel and five residents, while six people were injured, three of whom were civilians and three security personnel.

In Balochistan, four military attacks left one security officer and one person dead while five people were injured including one security officer and four civilians.

In Sindh, four military attacks took place in which four people and one army were killed. The Karachi attack also includes the suicide bombing of a Chinese teachers’ van at Karachi University.

In Punjab, no military attack takes place during the month.

During this time, security forces have taken 22 anti-military measures in which 11 suspected non-combatants were arrested and 27 others killed. Most of the prisoners took place in the Punjab.

Published Parhlo, May 3, 2022

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