Suicide Attacks Increased During March 2011


Islamabad, Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Pakistani militants increased the number of suicide attacks, targeting mostly the civilian population, in the country during March 2011. They carried out 11 such attacks killing 155 people and leaving more than 340 others wounded in three months (January – March 2011). Out of them, 85 people were killed and 179 others injured in 6 different suicide attacks in March 2011. It was observed in a report compiled by the Conflict Monitoring Center (CMC) – an Islamabad based independent research organization, which focuses on armed conflicts in South Asia. The report is based on the incidents reported in mainstream national media organizations. TheKhyber PKremained the worst hit area during the three-month period as nine suicide attacks were carried out in the province killing 143 people and leaving 256 others wounded. The Sindh andPunjabwitnessed one suicide attack each during the period.

According to the report, militants killed 37 people and injured 117 others in 3 different suicide attacks in January while 33 persons were killed and 45 others left wounded in 2 such incidents in February. Those killed during January 2010, included 26 security personnel and 8 civilians. An incident took place in Punjab (Lahore) killing 11 people and leaving 85 others injured. The attacker targeted a religious (chehlum) procession and except 3 security personnel killed, all victims of the suicide attack were civilians. Rests of 2 attacks were carried out in Khyber PK where policemen were targeted twice in a month and victims also included an officer (DSP) of Peshawar police.

The militants carried out 2 suicide attacks in February killing 33 people and inflicting injuries to 45 others. Both incidents took place in Khyber PK. All victims, except 2 militants who blew themselves in both incidents, were security personnel. The suicide attack carried out in Mardan on 10th of February was most lethal in terms of security personnel casualties during the three-month period. A teenager targeted an army-training center that day and took lives of 31 security personnel.

The militants intensified suicide attacks during the last month of the quarter and targeted mostly the civilian population, including the public rallies of religious parties. In all, they carried out 6 suicide attacks killing at least 85 people and inflicting injuries to not less than 179 others during March 2011. An attempted suicide attack took life of the bomber alone in Karachiearly last month. Besides, all other incidents took place in Khyber PKwhere 5 suicide attacks killed 9 security personnel and 70 civilians. District Hungu witnessed 2 suicide attacks and killing of 19 people including 4 security personnel and 13 civilians. A suicide attack in Peshawaron 9th of March, took lives of 37 civilians and inflicted injures to 50 others.

            The last two days of the month (March 2011), witnessed two consecutive suicide attacks on public rallies of a politico-religious party. For the first time and on both days, the militants attempted to target JUI leader Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman. On 30th March, a suicider blew himself up in Swabi, and killed 14 people including 12 civilians. The following day, JUI rally was attacked in Charsadah killing 13 people, including 8 civilians. Both attacks also inflicted injuries to more than 60 people, all civilians.

 

 

MONTH

No. of Attacks QUARTERLY SUICDE ATTACKS’ DETAILS
  Killed Injured
SFP M C Total SFP M C Total
January 3 26 3 8 37 0 0 117 117
February 2 31 2 0 33 45 0 0 45
March 6 9 6 70 85 8 0 171 179
Gross Total 11   65 11 78 155 53 0 288 341

Abbreviation(s): SFP= security forces personnel, M= militants, C=civilians

 

 

LOCALITY

Pro-vince SUICDE ATTACKS (JAN. 2011)
M

A

C

Killed

Injured

SFP

M

C

Total

SFP

M

C

Total

Bannu

KP

SA201021001717

Lahore

PP

SA31711008585

Peshawar

KP

SA3115001515

Gross total

 

326383700117117

 

 

LOCALITY

Pro-vince SUICDE ATTACKS (FEB. 2011)
M A

C

Killed Injured
SFP M C Total SFP M C Total
Mardan KP SA 31 1 0 32 42 0 0 42
Swat KP SA 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 3
Gross total   2 31 2 0 33 45 0 0 45
 

 

LOCALITY

Pro-vince SUICDE ATTACKS (MAR. 2011)
M

A

C

Killed

Injured

SFP

M

C

Total

SFP

M

C

Total

Karachi

SP

SA01010000

Hangu

KP

SA31610004242

Peshawer

KP

SA013738005050

Hangu

KP

SA1179801725

Swabi

KP

SA111214002020

Charsadah

KP

SA41813004242

Gross total

 

696708580171179

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