Since 2014, Pakistan has seen the highest suicide attacks

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As per the data released by the Pakistan Institute of Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) on Monday, Pakistan has seen a disconcerting increase in the number of suicide attacks with a staggering 29 such incidents having terrorised the country in 2023, the institute said.

There has been a surge in the number of victims from road traffic accidents since 2014, according to The News .

The suicide attacks that took place in Pakistan this year resulted in the death of 329 individuals and the injury of 582 individuals. Compared to 2013, when there were 47 suicide bombings that resulted in the deaths of 683 people.

According to the report, the number of suicide attacks has increased by 93% since 2022, with 226% more deaths caused as a result of the attacks, and a 101% increase in the number of injuries reported from the attacks.

As a result of the data, it has been estimated that 623 militant attacks took place in 2023, as opposed to 380 such attacks in 2022. There will be 29 suicide attacks among the total number of attacks in 2023; however, 15 of the attacks in 2022 will be suicide attacks.

There has also been an increase in the number of suicide attacks in 2023 compared to 2022, when the share of suicide attacks in the total number of attacks rose to 3.9%, highlighting the severity of the situation. A 1.4% share of the market was registered in 2021, and a 2.1% share was recorded in 2020. It was reported that in 2018 there were 18 suicide attacks as a percentage of the total number of militant attacks, with a total of 229 militant attacks recorded.

Comparatively speaking, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were the most severely affected. 23 attacks were reported there, causing 254 deaths and 512 injuries, as per regional comparisons. A total of 13 suicide attacks have been reported in newly merged districts within KP, resulting in 85 deaths and 206 injuries. As a result of five attacks, 67 people have been killed and 52 have been injured, while one suicide attack has resulted in eight people being killed and 18 being injured in Sindh.

Moreover, the data provided by the study also revealed that security forces were the primary targets of these attacks, with civilians constituting the second-largest victim group, as indicated by the study. Using pie charts as representations of the data, it can be seen that 48 percent of the deaths (157) and 58 percent of the injuries (340) were caused by incidents involving security personnel. A total of 130 civilians were killed and 242 were injured in this incident, which is very close to the statistics listed above.

Based on the historical trajectory of militancy data, PICSS’s database on militancy shows a notable decline in suicide attacks between 2014 and 2019, from 30 suicide attacks in 2014 to only three suicide attacks in 2019. It is important to point out that, contrary to what was stated earlier, there was no significant surge in 2020 and 2021. In both years, only four attacks were reported.

There was a surge in attacks during the year 2022, with 15 attacks reported which led to 101 deaths as well as 290 injuries. The alarming trend of suicide attacks continued into 2023, with 29 reported suicide attacks reaching a new high for the year.

That news provided by timenews.

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