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95 killed, 388 injured in 40 bomb attacks in Pakistan in February

English.news.cn   2014-03-02 01:31:26

ISLAMABAD, March 1 (Xinhua) -- At least 95 people were killed and 388 others injured in 40 bomb blasts in Pakistan during February as the militants carried on terrorist attacks across the country, according to official statistics.

Out of total 40 bomb attacks, six were of suicide nature that killed 34 people and injured 118 others in different areas of the country.

According to the statistics, the number of causalities during February were almost 44 percent less than the causalities occurred in January 2014.

On month-on-month basis, comparison showed that the number of killing in bomb blasts during Feb. 2014 decreased by almost 38 percent compared to the same period last year.

During February, no high profile official came under attack, but militants targeted civilians, security forces and police.

The worst attack of the period came on Feb. 13 when a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying police personnel in the country's southern port city of Karachi, killing 14 personnel and leaving 58 others injured.

In another incident on Feb. 11, at least 13 persons were killed and 19 others injured when three back-to-back explosions occurred inside a cinema in the northwestern provincial capital of Peshawar.

On Feb. 23, a remote controlled blast hit a passenger vehicle and killed at least 13 persons including a woman and a child and injured 14 others in the northwestern district of Kohat.

Pakistani Taliban, whose intermediaries have been holding peace talks with the government, claimed responsibility for the attacks at the police and security forces.

The Taliban spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, said the attacks were conducted to avenge the killing of Taliban members who were killed in different areas of the country by the police and security forces.

Most of the attacks were conducted with improvised explosive device (IED) by planting it on the roadsides or in vehicles and were detonated with remote controlled devices.

Regarding the number of causalities, Pakistan's northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the worst hit with 18 attacks that killed 62 and injured 139 others.

The country's southern province of Sindh was second most hit region where 24 people lost their lives and 129 others sustained injuries in 11 bomb attacks.

The most populated eastern province of Punjab, that had been usually remained peaceful for months, was hit thrice with a bomb attack at a train and a suicide attack at police killing six people and leaving 70 others injured.

At least three people were killed and 34 others injured in four bomb blasts that hit the southwestern province of Balochistan.

Pakistan's northwestern tribal regions bordering Afghanistan was the last most affected with four explosions in which only 16 people sustained injuries.

Official statistics revealed that the terrorists carried out 40 bomb attacks, including six of suicide nature, at 40 targets during and killed 77 civilians as well as four personnel from security forces and 14 policemen.

Overall, the militants conducted two direct attacks on security forces and four at police during the month.

Majority of the bomb attacks remained unclaimed, but the major attacks were owned by the Pakistan Taliban and its affiliated groups.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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