Terrorism: Decline in human losses witnessed in May
The Month of May, 2016 witnessed decline in human losses in militant attacks in Pakistan. Security situation has seen further improvement as no high profile attack was reported during the period and no militant activity in Punjabwas reported.
An Islamabad based think tank Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies PICSS observed in a report that decline occurred in militant acts in April, as compared to March, 2016but in May, 2016 again a slight increase was seen though militants were not able to make any high profile attack in the country. Overall 44 violent incidents were recorded. Though the number of attacks increased but the resultant number of deaths declined.
According to statistics released by PICSS, in 44 militant attacks 49 people were killed. Deaths include 24 security forces personnel, 2 razakars and 11 civilians. In these militant activities 11 militants were also killed. However, in these incidents 116 people were injured. Injured included 42 security forces personnel and 74 civilians. In May, 2016 Baluchistan was again centre of target with 15 number of militant activities in which 19 people were killed.
These attacks included 2 grenade attacks, 7 IED’s, 2 kidnappings, 3 Militant assaults and one incident of target killing. Followed by Baluchistan, in KPK, 14 number of militant activities occurred which include one grenade attack, 4 IEDs, 2 militant assaults, one suicide attack and six incidents of target killing. After KPK, situation in FATA witnessed slight decline in militant activities with 8 number of militant activities in the month of May, 2016.
These included one grenade attack, 4 IEDs, 2 militant assaults and one incident of target killing. In Sindh, 7 militant activities included one cracker attack, 3 IEDs and three incidents of target killing. In Punjab and Gilgit Baltistan no militant activity was recorded by PICSS.
In one suicide attack in KP, twelve people were seriously injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up while targeting a police van in Mardan. A Chinese engineer was targeted in Karachi an IED while a vehicle of Baloch Constabulary was also hit by IED in Quetta Baluchistan. Religious Scholar Syed Khurram Zaki was shot dead in a sectarian attack by gunmen in Karachi.
In May, 2016 security forces carried out 78 actions in which 47militants were killed. Security forces made 178 arrests in these actions. Security forces made successful actions against militants. A cross border attack was countered by security forces in which four militants were killed in Mohmand Agency who tried to enter Pakistan through Afghan border with large number of ammunition.
Six agents of NDS were also arrested who were paid spies and were involved in creating violence among masses through bomb blasts. Counter Terrorism Department and intelligence agency in a joint operation killed six terrorist of Al- Qaeda including their one commander.