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February 17, 2017

Deadliest insurgent attacks in Pakistan

Deadliest insurgent attacks in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: At least 88 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in Pakistan Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of devotees at a revered Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif.

Here is a list of major attacks by militant groups in the country since 2007:

-- 2007 --

October 18: Bomb attacks targeting former premier Benazir Bhutto kill 139 people in Karachi as she returns to Pakistan for the first time in eight years. Bhutto herself dies in a gun and suicide attack on December 27.

-- 2008 --

August 21: Twin suicide attacks kill 64 people outside Pakistan´s main arms factory at Wah near Islamabad.

September 20: Sixty people are killed when a suicide truck bomb destroys part of the five-star Marriott hotel in Islamabad.

-- 2009 --

October 28: A car bomb rips apart a market in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing 125 people.

December 7-9: At least 66 people die in four attacks at a market in Lahore, Pakistan´s second biggest city.

-- 2010 --

January 1: A suicide car bomb kills 101 people at a village volleyball game in the northwestern district of Bannu.

May 28: Gunmen and suicide bombers storm mosques belonging to the minority in Lahore, killing 82 people.

July 9: A suicide bomber kills 105 people in a busy market in the northwestern tribal district of Mohmand.

September 3: A suicide attack kills 59 at a rally in Quetta.

November 5: A suicide bomber kills 68 people during Friday prayers in the northwest´s Darra Adam Khel area.

-- 2011 --

April 3: Fifty die after two suicide bombers attack a Sufi shrine in the central town of Dera Ghazi Khan.

May 13: Two suicide bombers kill at least 98 people outside a police training centre in Charsadda.

-- 2013 --

January 10: A double suicide attack on a snooker club kills 92 in a district of Quetta.

February 16: A bomb at a market in Hazara Town, near Quetta, kills 89.

March 3: A car bomb explodes in Karachi, killing 45.

September 22: Eighty-two people die when two suicide bombers attack a church in Peshawar after a Sunday service.

-- 2014 --

November 2: Fifty-five people are killed by a suicide bomber at the main Pakistan-India border crossing.

December 16: Taliban insurgents storm an army-run school in Peshawar, killing more than 150 people, most of them children.

-- 2015 --

January 30: Sixty-one people are killed as a suicide bomber hits a mosque in Shikarpur in southern Pakistan.

May 13: The first attack officially claimed by Daesh in Pakistan kills 45 in Karachi.

-- 2016 --

March 27: Seventy-five people are killed and hundreds injured in an explosion that targets Christians near a park in Lahore.

August 8: At least 73 people die and dozens are wounded when a blast tears through mourners at a hospital in Quetta.

October 25: A brutal gun and suicide bomb assault on a police academy in southwestern Balochistan kills 61 people, the deadliest strike on a security installation in the country´s history, jointly claimed by Daesh and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

November 12: At least 52 pilgrims are killed, including many women and children, at a shrine in Balochistan.

-- 2017--

February 16: At least 88 people are killed when a bomb claimed by Daesh rips through a Sufi shrine in Sindh province, wounding more than 200.

The attack, the deadliest since the assault on the Peshawar school, comes after a series of bloody extremist assaults in less than a week, most claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.




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