Political violence: 61 killed in second week of December

Islamabad: Political violence in the second week of December affected 112 people in 52 incidents across the country, killing 61 people and injuring 51 others. Sindh reported a total of 34 incidents, followed by nine in Balochistan, five in Federally Administered Tribal Areas FATA, two in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa KP and one each in Punjab and Gilgit Baltistan GB, a FAFEN report said on Sunday.

Compared to last week, incidents of political violence went down in KP from 29% to 4% in the current week. Most of the casualties were reported from Sindh, where 42 people were killed and 14 were injured. In KP, six people were killed and 14 injured in two incidents, while eight people lost their lives and 12 suffered injuries in Balochistan. In FATA five people were killed and six injured. Four people were injured in Punjab and one in GB during the week. Incidents of terrorism claimed 20 lives and left 35 injured, while target killings took 16 lives. Thirteen incidents of target killings in Karachi took 14 lives and one was injured, while in Quetta in one incident of target killing two people were killed. In attacks on political party workers, seven were killed and 10 injured.

Those killed in Karachi included six MQM and an ANP worker. Ten workers of ANP were also injured in Charsadda in a bomb blast near their rally. In the second week of December ten people were killed and two injured in sectarian attacks – five in Karachi, four in Quetta and one in Zhob. Four incidents of ethnic violence claimed six lives in Karachi during the week while two people were killed in tribal conflicts.

The major tactic of political violence was gun/firearm, killing 48 people and injuring 15 others. Bomb blasts killed two people and injured 21, while IEDs killed two people and injured eight others. A suicide attack in Bannu killed six people and injured four others. In missile/mortar attacks, one person was killed and two were injured in North Waziristan Agency, while two were killed and one injured in South Waziristan Agency.

Karachi was the most violent district where 42 people were killed and 14 injured followed by Quetta where seven were killed. Political violence occurred in four agencies in FATA, followed by three districts in Balochistan, two in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and one each in Sindh, Gilgit/Baltistan and Punjab.

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