A report says militant attacks killed 70 people in April

Following a brief period of relative calm in March, militant attacks surged once again in April, with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), particularly its southern districts, facing the brunt of the violence.

These findings were unveiled by the Islamabad-based think-tank, Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS), in its monthly security assessment report.

According to statistics, the country witnessed at least 77 verified militant attacks during April, resulting in 70 fatalities, including 35 civilians and 31 members of security forces. Four militants were also killed.

The number of injured individuals reached 67 — 32 civilians and 35 security personnel. In comparison, March recorded 56 militant attacks, resulting in 77 fatalities and 67 injuries. This reflects a 38% increase in the number of militant attacks, although there was a 9% decline in deaths, with no change in the number of injuries.

The security report also highlighted the efforts of the country’s security forces in thwarting numerous potential attacks during the month. At least 55 suspected militants were killed and 12 others arrested, including individuals involved in the Basham suicide attack, indicating a 55% increase in militant deaths compared to March.

The report further revealed that 73% of the total number of militant attacks reported in April occurred in KP, including its tribal districts. The mainland districts of KP witnessed more attacks and fatalities than the tribal districts (formerly FATA). Among the mainland KP districts, D.I. Khan, Lakki Marwat, Bannu, and Tank were the most affected, collectively accounting for 71% of the attacks.

Additionally, PICSS recorded at least 25 attacks in the tribal districts of KP (formerly FATA), with North Waziristan, Bajaur, and South Waziristan being the most affected areas.

In Balochistan, 16 attacks were reported, predominantly in the Baloch belt of the province. Similarly, Punjab and Sindh also experienced a surge in militant activities during April.

In the first four months of the year, the country witnessed a total of 323 militant attacks, resulting in 324 fatalities and 387 injuries.

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