By Jamil Bhatti
ISLAMABAD, July 1 (Xinhua) -- At least 90 people were killed and 115 others injured in 24 bomb blasts across Pakistan in June as the militants increased attacks on the security forces in the country, according to official statistics.
Out of total 24 bomb attacks, four attacks were of suicide nature that killed 21 people and injured eight others in different areas of the country.
According to the statistics, the number of causalities in June almost doubled the causalities in the previous month of May.
On month-on-month basis, the figures showed that the number of killings in bomb blasts in June dropped by almost 50 percent when compared to the causalities in the same month during the previous year.
In June, two high officials of Pakistan army lost their lives in a suicide bomb attack on their vehicle in Rawalpindi, a garrison district adjacent to capital Islamabad.
The worst attack of the period came on June 8 when a suicide bomber attacked a hotel in Taftan area of southwestern province of Balochistan, where a group of pilgrims was staying on their way back from Iran, killing 30 people and leaving several others injured.
Some reports said soon after the suicide attack, a group of gunmen also opened fire at the people inside the hotel and managed to flee from the site before the security forces arrived.
On June 3, a roadside bomb explosion hit a passenger van in the northwestern tribal region of Kurram Agency, killing eight persons besides leaving seven others injured.
In another incident on June 4, at least seven persons, including two Pakistan army officers, were killed and two soldiers sustained injuries when a suicide bomber targeted an army vehicle at a railway crossing in Rawalpindi.
The banned outfit Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the suicide attack, saying that the attack was the reaction to the killing of TTP militants in judicial custody in the southern port city of Karachi.
Majority of the attacks remained unclaimed, but major strikes were claimed by the TTP who aims to increase the number of attacks at government installations and security forces that had launched a grand military operation in the northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan, the safe haven of the militants near Afghanistan border.
At least 412 militants and 17 soldiers have been killed so far in the military operation that was launched on June 15 against foreign and local terrorists hiding in the country's northwestern tribal regions. The operation started after the failure of peace talks and a deadly attack on the country's busiest airport in Karachi on June 8 in which at least 40 people including 10 terrorists lost their lives.
Regarding the number of causalities, Pakistan's northwestern tribal regions were the worst hit with 15 attacks that killed 42 and injured 37 others.
The country's southwestern province of Balochistan was second most hit area where 32 people lost their lives and five others sustained injuries in two bomb attacks, including the suicide attack at pilgrims.
Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab was the third most affected with one suicide attack that killed seven including two army officers and left two others injured.
Militants carried out four attacks, including a suicide, in northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that killed six people and injured 16 others.
The southern province of Sindh came under bomb attack only once that killed two people and left four others wounded.
The federal capital of Islamabad was also rocked with a bomb attack on June 20. At least one person was killed and 51 others injured when a planted bomb targeted a group of over 200 people who were attending an annual festival at a shrine on the outskirts of the capital.
Official statistics revealed that the terrorists carried out 24 bomb attacks, including 11 direct attack at the security force, killing 66 civilians as well as 23 personnel from security forces and one policeman.
Most of the attacks were planted on the roadsides and were detonated with remote-controlled devices.