Militant attacks in Pakistan rose 24pc in April: study

ISLAMABAD: The number of militant attacks in Pakistan increased by 24 percent in April, but deaths and injuries decreased by 53 percent as compared to March, a think tank said.

In April, the militants carried out 34 attacks in which 55 people were killed, including 34 security personnel, 13 civilians and eight militants; while 25 people injured, including 11 personnel and 14 civilians; according to figures released by Islamabad-based Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS).

The militants carried out 26 attacks across the country in March, in which 115 people were killed and 288 people injured, it added.

Last month, most of the attacks took place in erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), followed by other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, according to the report.

In April, PICSS recorded 16 militant attacks in erstwhile FATA in which 31 people were killed, including 21 security force personnel, seven militants and three civilians, while 10 people were injured, including six security force personnel and four civilians.

In KP, militants carried out 10 attacks, in which 17 people were killed, including 12 security force personnel and five civilians; while injuring six people, three civilians and three security force personnel; according to the report.

In Balochistan, four attacks were witnessed, in which one security force personnel and one civilian were killed; while five people were injured, including one security force personnel and four civilians; the report added.

In Sindh, four attacks took place, in which four civilians and one militant got killed, while injuring four others, three of whom were civilians and one security force personnel, according to the PICSS report.

In Punjab, no such attack took place in April.

Meanwhile, the security forces carried out 22 actions against the militants, in which 11 suspected militants were arrested and 27 militants were killed, PICSS said, adding that most of the arrests took place in Punjab.

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