Slight Decline in Militant Attacks and resultant deaths in Pakistan during month of May 2019

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Despite a general impression of escalation in militant attacks, the month of May saw a slight reduction in anti-State violence in Pakistan. According to statistics released by an Islamabad-based independent think tank Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, fourteen militant attacks were recorded in different provinces of Pakistan in which 37 people were killed while 81 injured during the month of May 2019. Previous month (April 2019) had seen 17 attacks, 50 deaths and 89 injured in militant attacks.
The highest number of militant attacks and resultant casualties were reported from Balochistan followed by Punjab and then FATA.
Security forces lost at least 15 personnel during May 2019 in militant attacks while 17 civilians and five militants were also killed. Among the injured, 53 were civilians and 28 security forces personnel.
Majority of these attacks and resultant casualties in May took place in Balochistan province where 21 people were killed including 11 civilians, 5 security forces personnel and 5 militant. While 46 people were injured including nine security forces personnel and 32 civilians. This implies that 58 percent of the anti-State violence during the month of May 2019 was recorded in the province of Balochistan. One of the most high-profile attacks by Baloch militants was also carried out during the month of May in which militants of Balochistan Liberation Army stormed into a five-star hotel in Gwadar.
In the area of former FATA, three incidents of militant assaults took lives of 5 security forces personnel and one civilian was killed in target killing.
In KPK an incident of minor cracker attack took place with no human loss. However, the capital of Panjab was jolted by a deadly suicide attack on the Holy Shrine Data Darbar in which more than 12 people were killed and around two dozen injured. No militant attack was recorded in any other administrative unit of Pakistan including Sindh, Islamabad, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Meanwhile, Pakistani security forces conducted 13 operations against the militants in different parts of Pakistan including FATA and Panjab in which 20 suspected militants were arrested while 20 were killed. Most of the militants during the month were killed in Balochistan. Nine suspected militants were arrested from Sindh, five from KP and six from Panjab Province.
Security forces have also foiled a major terror bid and arrested 14 members of a suspected militant group allegedly working for Indian intelligence agency RAW [Research and Analysis Wing] in Gilgit Baltistan on May 20. The aim of these militants was to sabotage CPEC projects.

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