Militant attacks declined slightly in January: PICSS monthly press release

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Islamabad, February 1, 2022.

The first month of the year 2022 could not bring any improvement in the security situation of the country as the total number of causalities increased despite a slight decrease in the number of attacks.

According to statistics released by an Islamabad-based independent think tank, Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) the number of violent attacks decreased from 28 to 24 during the month, the deaths and injuries rate increased on the contrary by 15 percent and 37 percent respectively compared with December 2021.

Militants had carried out 28 attacks across the country in December 2021 in which 36 people were killed including 13 security forces personnel and 23 civilians while 47 people were injured including ten security forces personnel and 37 civilians. In January the militants carried out 24 attacks in which 42 people were killed including 22 security forces personnel,16 civilians and four militants, and 79 people got injured including 17 security forces personnel and 62 civilians.

In January 2022, the majority of the attacks took place in KPK followed by Balochistan and erstwhile FATA. PICSS recorded 12 militant attacks in KPK in which 15 people were killed including five security forces personnel and nine civilians while seven people were injured including four security forces personnel and three civilians. In Balochistan, militants carried out six attacks in which 17 people were killed, including 14 security forces personnel and two civilians while 32 people got injured of which 26 were civilian and six were security forces personnel. In Erstwhile FATA (Tribal districts of KPK) four militant attacks were witnessed in which two civilians and two security forces personnel were killed while four people were injured, all of them were security forces personnel. In Punjab, only one attack took place, in which three people were killed including one security forces personnel, and 33 civilians got injured. In Sindh no militant attack took place, and no casualty was reported. One militant attack was reported from Islamabad Capital Territory in which three people got killed including one security forces personnel and three were injured.

Meanwhile, Pakistani security forces arrested three suspected militants and four militants were killed. All the arrests took place in the province of Balochistan.

Nawal Munir

Media Coordinator

Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies

mc@picss.org

Cell: 0325-8322811

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