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Over 900 killed in 657 terrosist attacks in Pakistan in 2006

Islamabad, Jan 7, IRNA-Terrorist attacks in Pakistan killed almost two people a day in 2006, with Balochistan and the country's tribal areas becoming the worst trouble spots. These are the findings of a research study conducted by an independent think-tank, Pak Institute for Peace Studies, which found that the overall security situation remained extremely precarious in the previous year.

According to daily 'Dawn', the government blamed the terrorist attacks on insurgents in Balochistan, the Taliban and al-Qaeda forces, and sectarian militants.

According to the research study, 657 terrorist attacks, including 41 of a sectarian nature, took place in the preceding year, leaving 907 people dead and 1,543 others injured.

The attacks are said to have caused a loss of billions of rupees.

The research study puts the number of people arrested by law-enforcement agencies at 1,552, including 1,094 Taliban and Afghans forces, 47 al-Qaeda memberss, 198 other militants and 213 nationalist insurgents.

Giving a province-wise break-up, it says that the Balochistan Liberation Army, the Balochistan Liberation Front and the Bugti Militia were blamed by the government for carrying out 403 terrorist attacks in Balochistan during 2006 that killed 277 people and injured 676 others.

Gas pipelines, security checkpoints and camps, government offices, rail tracks and bridges were targeted by the insurgents, it added.

The research study further added that the killing of veteran tribal chief Nawab Akbar Bugti in a clash between security forces and his men-at-arms was the main violent event of the year 2006 which caused a ripple effect on the political horizon in the country.

A total of 144 attacks occurred in the tribal areas, killing 379 people and injuring 307 others.

Sectarian clashes between two rival groups in Khyber Agency also caused a breakdown in law and order in the agency.

According to the report, the NWFP remained in the grip of strife and violence in 2006 and saw 60 terrorist attacks and sectarian clashes that left 139 people dead and 303 injured.

A suicide bomb blast at the Punjab Regiment Centre in Dargai that resulted in the death of 42 trainee soldiers and injury of 39 others, was the most gruesome incident of the year 2006 in the already volatile province.

... Payvand News - 1/7/07 ... --

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