‘Terror attacks claim 470 lives in KP this year'

Seven areas along Pak-Afghan border in KP remained “terrorism hotspots” during outgoing year

Saturday, December 09, 2023

Rescue workers look for survivors under a collapsed roof, after a suicide blast in a mosque in Peshawar, on January 30, 2023. — Reuters

PESHAWAR: The outgoing year witnessed an alarming rise in terror-related incidents in the country in general and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular as at least 470 security personnel and civilians were killed in the province, so for.

According to statistics available with Geo News, 470 people were killed in 1,050 terror-related incidents in one year alone.

As per the record of the provincial home department and tribal affairs, 698 security personnel and citizens were killed in 1,823 terror-related incidents during the past three years.

Seven areas along the Pak-Afghan border in KP remained “terrorism hotspots” during the outgoing year. The areas include Peshawar, Khyber, North Waziristan, South Waziristan, Dera Ismail Khan, Bajaur and Tank.

Out of the 1,050 terror-related incidents, 419 were reported in bandobasti, 631 in the erstwhile Fata, 201 in North Waziristan, 169 in Khyber, 121 in South Waziristan, 98 in DI Khan, 62 in Bajaur, 61 each in Tank and Peshawar.

One hundred and six security personnel embraced martyrdom in Peshawar, four in Bajaur, 28 in Khyber, 36 in North Waziristan, and 29 in South Waziristan.

Likewise, the terror-related incidents claimed 73 lives in Bajur, 28 in North Waziristan, five in DI Khan, seven in Tank, and two citizens each in Peshawar and Khyber.

Commenting on the report, provincial caretaker Information Minister Feroze Jamal Shah vowed to eliminate the menace of terrorism at all costs.