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March 16, 2015

Suicide attacks: toll 38 in first three months of 2015


March 16, 2015

LAHORE: Following the coordinated suicide attacks on two churches at Youhanabad in the provincial metropolis on Sunday morning, the toll of those killed in suicide attacks in Punjab has risen to 38 in the first three months of 2015.
At least 23 people have, earlier, been killed while over 54 injured in four such incidents in Punjab since the beginning of the current year.On January 9, eight people were killed and 25 others wounded in a bomb blast at the Imambargah Aun Muhammad Rizvi in the Chittian Hattian locality of Rawalpindi.
On January 16, three Shias identified as lawyer Fayyaz Hussain Shah (40), and his two nephews Mir Ghazi Shah (20) and Mir Hamza Shah (22) were shot dead when they were returning home from a religious gathering in Rawalpindi.
On February 17, at least eight people, including two policemen, were killed and 23 others injured in a suicide attack on the Police Headquarters at Qila Gujjar Singh, Lahore.
On February 18, at least four Shias were killed and six others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up during evening prayers at the Qasr-e-Sakina Imambargah on the Kurri Road in the New Shakrial area of Rawalpindi.
On March 15, at least 15 people were killed and 75 others injured in the twin suicide attacks on the two churches in Youhanabad. It is pertinent to mention here that around 6,296 people have been killed and 12,959 injured since 2002 in 408 suicide attacks across the country.
At least 15 people were killed and 34 injured in a suicide attack in 2002, 69 were killed and 103 injured in two attacks in 2003, 89 were killed and 321 injured in seven attacks in 2004, 84 were killed and 219 injured in four attacks in 2005, 161 were killed and 352 injured in seven attacks in 2006, 765 were killed and 1,677 injured in 54 attacks in 2007, 893 were killed and 1,846 injured in 59 attacks in 2008, 949 were killed and 2,356 injured in 76 attacks in 2009, 67 were killed and 2,199 injured in 49 attacks in 2010, 628 were killed

and 1,183 injured in 41 attacks in 2011, 365 were killed and 607 injured in 39 attacks in 2012, 751 were killed and 1,411 injured in 43 attacks in 2013, 336 were killed and 601 injured in 25 attacks in 2014 and 24 people were killed and 50 injured in an attack in 2015.

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