by Jamil Bhatti
ISLAMABAD, June 1 (Xinhua) -- At least 42 people were killed and 135 others injured in 39 bomb blasts in Pakistan during the month of May as the militants conducted terrorist attacks across the country, according to official statistics.
Out of total 39 bomb attacks, two were of suicide nature, which killed eight people and injured 15 others in different areas of the country.
According to the statistics, on month-on-month basis, the number of causalities during the month of May were more than three times less than the causalities occurred during the same period last year.
During the month of May no high profile target came under attack, but militants carried ones targeting civilians, security forces and police.
The worst attack of the period came on May 8 when a roadside bomb explosion hit a security forces convoy in the northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan, killing nine people and leaving several others injured.
In another incident on May 24, at least six security personnel were killed and three others sustained injuries when a roadside blast targeted a security forces vehicle in northwestern tribal region of Mohmand Agency.
A fraction of Pakistani Taliban, whose intermediaries have been holding peace talks with the government, revoked a peace accord with the government and announced that they would fight against any operation by the security forces.
Most of the attacks were conducted with improvised explosive device (IED) by planting it on the roadsides or in vehicles, which were detonated with remote controlled devices.
Regarding the number of causalities, Pakistan's northwestern tribal region was the worst hit with 14 attacks that killed 26 and injured 31 others.
The country's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was the second most hit region where nine persons lost their lives and 31 others sustained injuries in nine bomb attacks.
At least four people were killed and 24 others injured in six bomb attacks in southwestern province of Balochistan while southern port city of Karachi faced six bomb attacks that killed one person and injured 29 others.
The most populated eastern province of Punjab, that had been remained peaceful for months, was hit twice that left 19 persons wounded.
At least two bomb attacks hit the federal capital Islamabad that killed two people besides leaving another injured.
Official statistics revealed that the bomb attacks killed 18 civilians as well as 23 personnel from security forces and one policeman.
Overall, the militants conducted six direct attacks on security forces and three at police during the period.