Pakistan’s support to the US-led war on terror has left nearly 1,600 people dead in various terrorist attacks and counter-attacks so far this year, next only to the flood death toll of some 2,000 in the South Asian nation.
The twin suicide blasts targeting an anti-terror meeting of tribal elders on December 6 killed over 50 people and injured more than 100 in a government compound in Mohmand tribal area bordering Afghanistan.
Two days later another suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded market place in Kohat in northwest Pakistan, leaving 15 civilians dead.
The latest terrorist attacks have brought the death toll in suicide blasts so far this year to over 700 people, mostly civilians, and some 2,000 were wounded in 41 suicide bombings across the country, according to a report released by the counter-terrorism wing of the Federal Investigation Agency of Pakistan.
However, the number of suicide attacks is about half of that in 2009 that killed over 3,000.
This year, 28 of the suicide attacks took place in the troubled northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, seven in eastern Punjab, and two each in southern Sindh, southwest Balochistan and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, and explosive-laden vehicles were used in 10 such attacks, said the report.