Selection of this type of attacks by the militants has its own dynamics since physical assaults are considered to be riskier and has the higher probability to be detected by the security forces en-route to the place of attack, retaliation by security forces during the attack, and chase by security forces after the attack.
2921 physical assaults were carried out and in result of these attacks 9378 people were killed in last two decades.
Highest militant attacks were carried out in FATA region where 997 physical assaults were reported and 4814 people were killed in result of these attacks.
It is important to note that PICSS Militancy Database has recorded highest deaths in physical assault in any type of attacks.
These types of attacks are normally carried out under severe desperation and militants are compelled to take higher risk. However, such type of attacks is also carried out when the State’s institutions are weak vis-à-vis militants and militants have a desire to demonstrate their strength to the security forces and/ or general public.