by Jamil Bhatti
ISLAMABAD, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan has been continuously facing the massacre of the suicide bombings in which at least 306 people were killed and 559 others got injured in a total of 36 such attacks so far across the country during 2012, official statistics said.
According to the figures confirmed by the government officials on a number of occasions, around 44 suicide bombers carried out 36 attacks at different sites, killing 306 people including 244 civilians, followed by 37 personnel from police and 25 from security forces.
While among the people who got injured in such attacks, 468 or 83 percent were innocent civilians out of the total 559, followed by police and security personnel.
In such attacks, Pakistani security departments lost 62 personnel, and out of which 37 were from police and 25 from different agencies working under Pakistan army. Regarding the injured people, at least 68 personnel belonged to police and 23 were from security forces.
Forty-four suicide bombers carried out 36 suicide attacks because in some strikes more than one attacker took part and all the human bombers were male.
The statistics revealed that the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPK) was the worst hit province as it bore the highest number of attacks with 20, which killed 74 people and injured 197 others. But regarding highest number of causalities, Pakistan's northwestern tribal region comprises of seven federally administrated agencies embraced the maximum number of causalities of 123 with 155 injured in only eight attacks.
The southwestern province of Balochistan was the third most affected area as suicide bombers conducted five attacks, killing 36 people and injuring 118 others.
In southern Sindh province, nine people were killed and 35 got wounded in two suicide attacks.
The eastern and the largest populated province of Punjab remained the safest region during the first 10 months of the current year, but on Nov. 22 a suicide bomber attacked a religious gathering of Shia Muslims in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, killing 23 and hurting 35 others.
Out of these 36 suicide attacks, 10 were carried out at police, five at security forces, six at the pro-government and anti- Taliban civil armed groups, three at religious gatherings, one at the convoy of U.S. consulate and four at civilians. And three attacks occurred when suicide bombers of Pakistani Taliban targeted the people of their rival militant groups in the tribal region while a suicide bomber blew him up when the police chased him to arrest.
This year, three political leaders of the KPK province were also targeted by the human bombers, but two of them escaped the attempts while a senior provincial minister Bilour got killed.
On Sept. 3 this year, a suicide bomber exploded his explosive laden vehicle near the American consulate convoy in Peshawar, killing two American nationals and three Pakistani policemen, injuring over dozens of others.
The data showed that November was the worst hit month of the year in which the highest number of suicide attacks were carried out with the causalities of 92 people in eight incidents followed by March with 59 killings in six attacks.
The biggest tragedy of the year was occurred when a suicide bomber rammed an explosive laden vehicle into a Shia Muslims' mosque in Parachinar area of Kurram Agency, one of the country's northwestern seven tribal regions. Dozens of kilograms explosives was used in the attack, killing 43 people while leaving 30 others injured.
The second worst incident took place when a suicide bomber exploded his explosive jacket near security forces convoy in a busy market in the northwestern Khar area of Bajaur Agency, in which 29 people were killed and 73 others were injured.
The figures showed that during the year 2012 so far, the number of deaths in suicide attacks declined by almost 50 percent as compared with the 606 causalities of the previous year.
In 2012, the number of suicide attacks also dropped to 36 as compared with the 41 attacks in 2011, 68 in 2010 and 87 in 2009.
The number of suicide attacks remained consistent in 2012 as 18 incidents occurred during the first half of the year and the same figure remained in the second half.
Responsibility for the majority of the attacks was claimed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.
The statistics showed that there was a trend of continuing drop of number of suicide attacks during last four years. The analysts and terrorism experts believed that the continuing drop became possible only after Pakistan army and government took strict actions against militants and adopted special strategies and policies to tackle the problems.