Casualties in Militant Attacks drop by 31 percent

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Although the number of militant attacks slightly increased in Pakistan during the month of August, the number of casualties dropped compared with the month of July. An Islamabad based independent think tank Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) in its monthly report revealed that the number of violent attacks increased from 12 to 18 during the month while subsequent deaths and injuries decreased by 30 percent and 13 percent respectively compared to July 2019.

Militants carried out 18 attacks across the country in August 2019 in which 24 people were killed including 11 security forces personnel and 13 civilians while 90 people were injured including 17 security forces personnel and 73 civilians. It has been observed that the ratio of casualties in security forces has been increasing recently as compared to civilian deaths.

Geographical distribution of Militant Attacks & their impact (August 2019)

A visible push by the militants is observed in different parts of erstwhile FATA in recent weeks. In August 2019, Majority of the attacks took place in erstwhile FATA followed by Balochistan and KP. PICSS recorded eight militant attacks in erstwhile FATA in which nine people were killed including eight security forces personnel while 13 people were injured including eight security forces personnel and five civilians. In Balochistan, militants carried out five attacks in which six people were killed, all of them were civilian while 43 people got injured in which two were security forces personnel and 41 civilians. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, four militant attacks were witnessed in which six civilians and one security forces personnel was killed while 33 people were injured including 27 civilians and six security forces personnel. In Islamabad capital territory, two security personnel were killed and one got injured in a firing by militants on the old toll plaza on I.J. Principal Road. The attack was first of its kind during the last four years.

No militant attack was recorded in any other administrative unit of Pakistan including Sindh, Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

 Most of the attacks were done by Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Ten IED attacks were carried out in erstwhile FATA, Baluchistan, and KPK. While 3 militant attacks were done by target killing in Baluchistan and erstwhile FATA. There were no suicide attacks recorded in the month of August.

Meanwhile, Pakistani security forces conducted 3 actions against the militants in three different provinces in which three suspected militants were arrested and four were killed. Majority of the arrests took place in the province of Sindh. Four suspected militants were killed in KPK.

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