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Major incidents of Terrorism-related violence in Pakistan, 2007


December 31: At least 11 people were killed and 15 others suffered injuries as fierce fighting between rival factions continued in lower parts of the Kurram Agency in the FATA. Clashes occurred in several areas of the agency, including Pewar, Thari Mengal, Nasthikot Maqbal, Sadda, Balishkhel, Sangina, Minguk, Alizai, Makhizai, Bliamen, Jailamai and Inzari where groups of tribesmen and local Taliban have been using heavy weapons for about ten days.

December 29: Twenty persons, including 16 militants, were killed and nine others sustained injuries in a gun-battle near Lower Kurram’s Mingak area.

December 28: The former PML-Q minister, Asfandyar Amirzaib, and eight other civilians were killed and several others injured in a roadside bomb explosion near the Manglore village of Swat in the NWFP.

December 27: Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister and PPP Chairperson, was assassinated in a gun and suicide attack as she drove away from a campaign rally just minutes after addressing thousands of supporters at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi. 30 more persons were killed and over 100 others, including Benazir’s political secretary Naheed Khan and Sherry Rehman, wounded when a suicide attacker riding on a motorbike blew himself up after firing at Benazir who was waving to her supporters from her vehicle’s sun roof. PPP spokesman Farhatullah Babar stated that Benazir fell inside the vehicle after receiving bullets in her head and neck. Witnesses said three gun shots were heard before the suicide blast near her Black Lexus bulletproof vehicle. She later died at the Rawalpindi General Hospital.

27 persons were killed and 42 others wounded in fresh sectarian clashes between rival groups in the Kurram Agency of FATA.

December 26: Thirty-two persons, including five children, a woman and two Frontier Corps soldiers, were killed and scores of others injured in continued sectarian violence in Kurram Agency on the fourth consecutive day.

December 25: At least 31 persons have died and more than 50 wounded so far in the continuing sectarian violence in the Kurram Agency of FATA.

December 24: Four pro-government Bugti tribesmen were killed and three others were injured in an ambush by the insurgents near Dera Bugti, some 500-km from Quetta.

Three persons were killed and 20 others injured in sectarian clashes at Parachinar in the Kurram Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas..

December 23: Nine civilians and four security force personnel were killed and more than 25 persons wounded in a suicide attack on a military convoy in Mingora in the Swat district of NWFP. According to an army press release issued in Rawalpindi, at 18:00 hrs a suicide bomber who was riding a vehicle blew himself up near Mehboob Petrol Pump in Mingora city killing 13 persons and injuring 25 others. The convoy was returning after carrying out counter-insurgency operations in the various areas of Khwazakhela and Charbagh in Swat district when it was attacked.

Nine people were killed and several others wounded in fresh clashes between SFs and tribesmen in the Kurram Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas after a group of armed men set ablaze houses and shops in the Parachinar city on December 22-night. Officials said that clashes broke out between residents of Balishkhel and Sadda in Lower Kurram Agency after armed men attacked the Frontier Corps’ fort. SFs retaliated, killing five assailants and injuring several others.

December 22: Local people in the Kahan area of Kohlu district said that the security forces in a retaliatory move attacked a village situated at the border of Kahan and Bekar area of Dera Bugti. They said that seven people, including a child and two women, were killed in the attack.

December 21: At least 60 persons were killed and 80 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the midst of worshippers offering Id-ul-Adha (festival of sacrifice) prayers at the Markazi Jamia Masjid Sherpao in Charsadda, 20-km from Peshawar in the NWFP. The apparent target was Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, the Interior Minister in the just-dissolved government, who was among the worshippers. The former Minister, however, escaped unhurt in the attack, but his son Mustafa was among the wounded. The mosque is located next to the former Minister’s home and was packed with more than 1,000 worshippers at the time of the attack.

December 17: At least 12 army recruits were killed and two wounded in a suicide attack near the Army Public College in the heart of the Kohat cantonment area in NWFP. The recruits were returning to their barracks after the morning exercise when a boy aged 15 to 17 years rushed towards them and blew himself up. Ten recruits were killed on the spot and two others died later in hospital.

December 15: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden bicycle into a military checkpost, killing five persons and injuring 11 others in Nowshera in the NWFP. The District Police Officer Mubarak Zeb said that six people, including the suicide bomber, were killed as he detonated himself at the entrance of the Army Supply Corps centre. "The bomber was riding on a bicycle. He detonated the explosives fastened to his body as he reached the army check post around 9.18am," said the police officer, adding that 11 more people had sustained injuries in the blast.

December 13: Two suicide bombings near an army check-post in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, killed seven people, including three personnel of the Pakistan Army, military spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad said. An official at the Inter-Services Public Relations said three of the dead were soldiers, while the remaining four were civilians. Official sources said that a young, bearded man approached the military checkpoint at the Hana Road in the cantonment area and when the military police tried to stop him, he blew himself up at about 5pm. As the military personnel were busy in the rescue operation and stopping people from getting close to the scene of the first bombing, a second suicide bomber detonated his explosives.

December 12: Fifteen soldiers were killed and 38 others injured in an attack and in roadside explosions in different areas of North Waziristan. However, the military said in a statement that six soldiers had been killed and 25 injured in the ambush. It informed that militants had suffered 15 casualties in a counter-attack. Major General Arshad Waheed said security forces backed by gunship helicopters spotted the fleeing militants and opened fire, killing 15 of them in "immediate retaliation".

Troops killed 20 militants in an ongoing operation against supporters of Maulana Fazlullah of the TNSM in the Swat district of NWFP. Troops targeted suspected hideouts of the militants in the valley’s Puchaar and Loee Namal towns. The operation, which commenced on December 11-night, continued the next day, in which 20 militants were killed. Provincial government spokesman Amjad Iqbal said that the troops "extensively engaged militant locations, which resulted in a number of militant casualties."

December 13: Two suicide bombings near an army check-post in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, killed seven people, including three personnel of the Pakistan Army, military spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad said. An official at the Inter-Services Public Relations said three of the dead were soldiers, while the remaining four were civilians.

December 12: Fifteen soldiers were killed and 38 others injured in an attack and in roadside explosions in different areas of North Waziristan. The military said in a statement that the militants had suffered 15 casualties in a counter-attack.

Troops killed 20 militants in an ongoing operation against supporters of Maulana Fazlullah of the TNSM in the Swat district. Troops targeted suspected hideouts of the militants in the valley’s Puchaar and Loee Namal towns.

December 11: Troops launched artillery attack on suspected militant hideouts near the Piochar and Loe Namal towns in the Swat district on December 10-night, killing 20 militants and injuring at least 15 others.

December 10: Five persons, including four of a family and a child, were killed and another child was injured when Army neutralised suspected militant hideouts with artillery in the Chaparyal and Venai areas of Swat district of the NWFP.

Eight persons, including five schoolchildren, were injured when a suicide bomber exploded his car targeting a Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) bus carrying air force employees’ children at a military base at Kamra about 50 kilometres northwest of Islamabad. "A suicide bomber exploded his white car on the outskirts of the PAC factories on the Qutba-Attock Road on Monday at 7.30am near a PAC school bus carrying children to schools in Attock City," said the Pakistan Air Force, adding that the bomber was alone in the car and he died immediately after the explosion.

December 9: Three police personnel and seven civilians, including two children, were killed and a child was wounded in a car bombing in the Swat district of NWFP. The suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden jeep when he was stopped at the Ningolai check-post in Kabal sub-division at around 11.15am. According to a bomb disposal official, about 10kg to 15kg of explosives were used in the blast.

December 7: The military spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad confirmed that eight militants were killed and four arrested after a clash in Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan.

December 4: In the first such attack of its kind, a female suicide bomber blew herself up in a high security zone in Peshawar, capital of the North West Frontier Province. Except for the suicide bomber, who was said to be in her mid-30s, no other casualty was reported in the blast.

December 3: Six students of a seminary near Qila Saifullah were killed and four others injured in a bomb blast. The management of the Jamia Imdadul Alum Mullah Bakhtair Adda suspects that an Afghan national who had stayed in the seminary overnight might have a hand in the explosion. The explosive device had been planted in a room of the seminary. Police sources quoted the seminary's management as saying that an Afghan national had requested permission to spend December 2-night there and left early in the morning.

December 2: The local Taliban killed three people and injured five others in an attack on a cockfight fare at the Shene Ghundae village in the Shabqadar dub-division of Charsadda district of NWFP.

December 1: At least six people, including four women and a child, were killed and more than 15 people were injured when stray shells landed on their homes in Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan. The shells hit the homes during an exchange of fire between militants and security forces after the militants attacked the Banda check-post.

November 29: At least 12 civilians were killed and 11 others wounded when helicopter gun-ships pounded the Allahabad village of Swat district in NWFP.

A roadside bomb that targeted a military convoy killed five soldiers in North Waziristan.

November 26: Security forces used artillery and gunship helicopters on pro-Taliban militants in the Swat valley of NWFP, killing 40 militants, including two commanders, and losing four soldiers, said military spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad.

November 25: Security forces claimed that they had killed 30 militants and captured two strategic mountain positions of militants and key routes to Imam Dehri in the Swat valley of NWFP.

Four persons were killed and six others wounded when security forces bombed a village after coming under rocket attack from Taliban militants in the Mirali sub-division of North Waziristan.

November 24: Two suicide bombers simultaneously targeted military personnel and installations at two different places in Rawalpindi, claiming over 32 lives and wounding 55 others. In the first attack that occurred at 7.55 am (PST), the suicide bomber while trying to enter the Hamza Camp, the main office of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), from the out-gate hit the staff bus of the agency. The blast, which occurred 200 metres from Faizabad at the Murree Road, killed over 30 personnel on the bus and among the guards standing at the main gate. The attack took place at almost the same time near the GHQ when another suicide bomber blew up his car after hitting an Army check-post when he was intercepted while trying to infiltrate into the high security zone. Two Army personnel were killed while one was injured.

At least 50 people were killed in renewed sectarian violence in Parachinar in the FATA. "We have reports that more than 50 people died in the clashes," an unnamed official said.

November 23: Fifteen more people were killed in continuing clashes between the security forces and militants in the Swat and Shangla districts of the NWFP.

Three more people were killed as sectarian violence continued in the Pewar, Teri Mangal, Qunj Alizai and Maqbal areas of Upper and Mengak and Tangi of Lower Kurram in the FATA.

November 22: Another 25-30 militants and 13 civilians were killed and several soldiers injured in fighting in the Swat and Shangla districts of NWFP.

November 21: Some 52 persons, including 30 militants and 10 civilians, were killed in fresh violence in the Swat and Shangla districts as the troops and Taliban militants continued to clash and more villages were emptied of their fleeing population. On the casualties suffered by the security forces, military spokesperson Major General Waheed Arshad said three soldiers were killed and five or six sustained injuries in attacks by militants in the Kabal area of Swat. While he expressed ignorance about military casualties in the adjoining Shangla district, unconfirmed reports said seven soldiers were killed in fighting there.

November 20: At least 30 more militants loyal to the pro-Taliban group TNSM were killed in clashes with SFs in the Swat valley of NWFP. The latest deaths take the toll reported by the army from a week of fighting to around 150. "Our offensive against militants has been continuing since last night and there are reports that 20 to 30 more militants have been killed," military spokesperson Major General Waheed Arshad told AFP. Maulana Fazlullah’s spokesman, meanwhile, claimed that 15 soldiers had been killed and their weapons seized in the Shangla district, but the claim could not be confirmed from independent sources.

Six persons died as sectarian clashes continued in the Kurram Agency of the FATA. The warring factions attacked each other’s positions with heavy weapons in the Sadda, Balishkhel, Tangai, Arawali, Terimingal and Piwar areas. A 16-member peace jirga (council) headed by Pir Haider Ali Shah had brokered a cease-fire on November 19 but it has not taken effect in some parts of the agency.

November 19: Thirty-five persons, including 16 Taliban militants and seven soldiers, were killed in fresh clashes between the security forces and militants in the Swat district of NWFP.

28 people were killed and 27 others injured on the fourth day of sectarian clashes in the Kurram Agency of FATA.

In what appears to be a revenge action for sectarian killings at Parachinar in the FATA, the Taliban beheaded three truck drivers near Darra Adamkhel in the NWFP.

November 18: Security forces used Cobra helicopters in an attempt to end the sectarian violence in which at least 86 persons were killed and an unspecified number of them injured in Parachinar in the FATA in three days. The military said that 11 soldiers had been killed and 32 others injured since November 16. Officials said that reports of riots had also been received from Sadda, Balishkhel, Tangai and Jilamai areas of Lower Kurram where rival groups were using heavy weapons.

More than 40 people, including 10 civilians, were killed in the Swat and Shangla districts of the NWFP when gunship helicopters and security forces continued targeting militants’ hideouts and faced retaliation. Approximately 30 civilians were injured in the prolonged shelling by military choppers and artillery in the two districts. Military spokesperson Major General Waheed Arshad said that the security forces continued pounding militants’ strongholds in both the regions but said he did not have the actual death toll suffered by the militants on November 18.

November 17: Pakistan Army accelerated its operation in the Swat and Shangla districts of NWFP killing 20 militants. Officials and local residents told that artillery and mortar shelling forced the militants to retreat from Alpuri subdivision, which serves as district headquarters of Shangla. Military spokesman Major-General Waheed Arshad told that security forces targeted militant hideouts and positions in different areas of Shangla district, killing 20 militants and injuring several others.

November 16: At least 20 persons, including two doctors, were killed and over 50 others were injured during a sectarian clash at Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram Agency, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

November 15: Thirty more people, including 20 militants and four civilians, were killed and more than 70 others, including 50 civilians, injured as security forces continued bombing suspected militants’ hideouts in the Shangla and Swat districts of the NWFP on the third consecutive day. Military spokesperson Major General Waheed Arshad confirmed that 20 militants were killed - 12 of them in Shangla and eight in Swat.

November 14: Thirty-three militants, two soldiers and five civilians were killed as army helicopters continued targeting Taliban positions in various areas of Swat in the NWFP for the third consecutive day.

November 12: Seven militants were killed and four others injured in artillery shelling by the security forces on their hideouts in the Ghulam Khan area of North Waziristan following an attack on a convoy of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in which one soldier was killed and 10 others injured.

Four militants were killed and over 50 others injured as army helicopters continued pounding their positions in various areas of the Swat district in NWFP.

November 9: Three persons are killed and two others, including a former provincial minister, are injured when a suicide bomber blows himself up in the house of Federal Minister for Political Affairs Amir Muqam in Peshawar, capital of the NWFP. The blast occurs at around 3.45pm (PST) when the minister was having a meeting with some of his associates at his home in Hayatabad. Muqam, who is also provincial president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League, escaped unhurt.

October 28: At least 29 people were killed and 55 others wounded on the third consecutive day of clashes between Taliban militants and the SFs in the Swat district of the NWFP. The dead included 15 militants, 11 SF personnel and three civilians.

October 27: Militants publicly executed two more security force personnel and seven civilians in the Swat district of NWFP, taking the total such killings since October 26 to 13.

October 26: Militants publicly executed four security force personnel in a village, 16-km west of Mingora, the headquarters of Swat district in the NWFP, and exchanged heavy gunfire with security forces in a nearby sub-district.

October 25: 18 soldiers and two civilians died and 35 others, including nine civilians, were injured in a bomb blast aimed at a vehicle carrying FC personnel in the Swat district of the NWFP. The blast occurred at Nawan Killi, about a kilometer from Swat city, at around 2:45 pm (PST). It set off an explosion of ammunition carried inside the military truck, triggering bullet fire. The blast also damaged 25 shops, a service station, a CNG station and a petrol pump. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Akhtar Ali Shah said the evidence suggested a suicide bombing. A

October 23: Three suspected militants were killed and another was injured in an encounter with the SFs in the Kurdan area near Dera Bugti. SF personnel also arrested two militants and seized a cache of arms and ammunition, including AK-47 rifles, rocket launcher, rockets, grenade and hundreds of rounds.

October 20: At least eight persons, including two women and a child, were killed and 28 others injured when a powerful bomb planted in a pickup vehicle exploded at a bus stand in the main market of Dera Bugti in Balochistan. Mir Liaquat Bugti, son of Mir Ahemdan Bugti, a government ally and chieftain of the Raijha Bugti tribe, who was the main target of the bomb blast survived the incident as his car crossed the target spot only a few seconds before the explosion, local officials said. The banned Baloch Republican Army claimed responsibility for the incident.

October 18: A suicide bombing in a crowd welcoming former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto killed 143 persons and injured approximately 550 others in Karachi. Two explosions struck near a truck carrying Benazir, but she was not injured and was hurried to her house, police and officials of her party said. The two explosions occurred a minute apart shortly after midnight near Karsaz bridge close to the vehicle Benazir Bhutto was traveling in, at the head of a procession of hundreds of thousands of PPP supporters who had flooded the streets of Karachi to welcome their leader on her return from eight years in self-imposed exile.

October 13: Four persons were killed and another sustained injuries when militants ambushed their vehicle in the Arkot area of Swat district in NWFP. Local people said a businessman, Afzal Gujar, was injured, while his two brothers — Ayub Khan and Ahsanullah — and Shahzaman and Akber Bacha were killed. The whereabouts of Afzal are yet to be ascertained. Last month, a bomb had exploded outside the businessman’s home and following the blast, Afzal is reported to have kept in confinement a brother of a local militant and released him after intervention by local elders. Officials believe that the killings might be linked to the enmity between Afzal and militants.

October 11-12: Local Taliban militants shot dead six alleged criminals to avenge the death of their four associates in the Pandialai tehsil (administrative division) of Mohmand Agency in the FATA. They also abducted six other ‘criminals’.

October 10: The PAF warplanes continued attacking localities of Mir Ali subdivision in North Waziristan, killing 15 more persons. Officials of the political administration and tribal sources said that the PAF planes targeted Haiderkhel, Ipi, Hasukhel, Musaki, Mullagan, Hurmaz, Zeeraki, Khushali and other villages of the area, mostly peopled by non-combatants. They said eight persons were killed in Haiderkhel, four in Hurmaz and three in Hasukhel villages. Besides, dozens of others were injured in these and other villages including Ipi, Musaki, Mullagan, Zeeraki and Khushali. However, military spokesperson Major-General Waheed Arshad claimed that no air strike was launched against the militants since October 9-afternoon.

October 9: At least 50 people were killed and 200 others injured after fighter jets bombed a village market near Mirali town in North Waziristan. Two planes made six sorties around 3pm (PST) and dropped 12 bombs on Ipi village, three kilometers east of Mirali. Military spokesperson Major General Waheed Arshad said the bombing had targeted militant hideouts in the Ipi, Khedherkhel and Khushali Torikhel villages of Mirali sub-division, adding that he had no confirmation of the number of fatalities. He, however, put the number of militants killed in three days of fighting at 150 and the army’s casualties at 45.

October 8: Pakistani helicopter gun-ships and troops killed 130 militants during clashes near the Afghan border, while 45 soldiers also died. The clashes broke out after militants set off IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and conducted ambushes on the security forces on October 7, military spokesperson Major General Waheed Arshad said. He added, "The forces retaliated and killed 130 militants in air strikes and ground attacks. Forty-five security personnel were also martyred." Arshad also said that contact had been established with a group of around 50 soldiers reported missing earlier and only 10 or 12 had not been accounted for, but it was not clear if any of those had been killed. Most of the fighting has been near Mir Ali. Unconfirmed reports said that four civilians, including three women, were also killed during the clashes.

October 7: SFs assisted by heavy artillery and helicopter gun-ships killed 65 militants but lost 20 soldiers in two encounters in North Waziristan. Fierce clashes occurred between the SFs and militants at Mirali and Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan. The fighting began on October 6-night when militants ambushed an army convoy in Mir Ali, 24 kilometers east of Miranshah, on the Miranshah-Bannu road.

Three civilians were also killed when an artillery shell fired by the SFs hit their house in the Sokhail village of North Waziristan.

October 4: Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud executed three soldiers from a group of more than 250 taken hostage last month in South Waziristan and vowed to carry out more executions if the government continued the "Mehsud tribes’ humiliation". The bodies of the three soldiers were found on the Wana-Jandola road in Jandola near the border with South Waziristan. Unofficial reports said that a letter left with the soldiers’ bodies said: "We will gift three bodies everyday." The militants had captured at least 280 soldiers, including a colonel and nine officers, after intercepting a military convoy in the Momi Karam area of Luddah subdivision in South Waziristan on August 30.

October 3: Fourteen civilians were killed and five others sustained injuries when their bus hit a landmine in the Bulandkhel area of North Waziristan. The bus, going from Thall to Shewa, struck the landmine near the Tauda Cheena Bridge at about 5.30 pm (PST). The blast targeting the bus occurred hours after pro-Taliban militants raided a security check-post near Mirali in a pre-dawn attack, killing two soldiers and injuring four more. "Ten miscreants were killed in the resulting clash," military spokesperson Major General Waheed Arshad said.

September 26: The Superintendent of Police (Investigation Cell), Syed Sharyab, and his two guards died when their vehicle was ambushed in the Samungli area of Quetta, capital of Balochistan. His driver and security in charge of the Pakistan Television Centre (Quetta) were wounded in the incident. The proscribed Baloch Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack.

September 23: At least 10 persons were killed and 14 others injured in a clash between activists of two rival groups in the Barqambar Khel area of Bara tehsil (administrative division) in the Khyber Agency. Activists of two rival outfits –- the Amr Bil Maroof and Haji Zarif groups -– used mortars and rockets in the clash, which lasted for several hours.

September 21: Two women and a paramilitary soldier were killed and eight others injured in clashes between security forces and militants at Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur Agency in the FATA.

Three militants were killed and two others, including a woman, injured when two groups of Taliban clashed in South Waziristan.

September 16: At least 18 soldiers were killed when tribal militants attacked a security check-post at Pashte Ziarat in the Shawal area of North Waziristan bordering Afghanistan. Troops in retaliation killed 18 militants.

Four unidentified tribal militants were killed in clashes in North Waziristan. Militants on September 15 launched attacks on check posts of the SFs in Miranshah injuring three security personnel were injured. SFs retaliated by firing artillery shells from the camp killing the four militants.

September 13: Taliban militants attacked a military base near the Afghan border, leading to an encounter with the security forces in which at least 50 militants and two soldiers were killed. Eight soldiers were wounded in the clashes. Military spokesperson Major General Waheed Arshad said security forces repelled repeated militant attacks. Army helicopters and ground fire destroyed four militant positions, he added.

At least 20 people were killed in a bomb blast in a high-security military area in Tarbela Ghazi near Islamabad. The bomb exploded in the mess of Karar Company of the Special Services Group. The communication and wireless system of security agencies was also affected by the explosion. Two unnamed intelligence officials said that it was a suicide attack, and that the bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the canteen where dozens of commandos were having dinner. The Tarbela facility, about 100km south of Islamabad, is the headquarters of the SOTF, a unit of the Pakistan Army’s elite Special Services Group, which had been set up with American aid to neutralise al Qaeda. Media reports stated that the Karar Company had participated in the Lal Masjid operation.

Seven people were killed on when armed assailants lobbed a hand-grenade and opened fire on a minibus near the Karachi University. The Islami Jamiat Talaba (student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami) alleged that activists of the All Pakistan Mohajir Students Organisation (APMSO) had attacked its workers who were in the bus. The APMSO, however, denied the allegations.

September 12: Fourty militants were killed in an attack by Army gunship helicopters in the Shawal area of North Waziristan. Military spokesperson, Major General Waheed Arshad, stated that Pakistan Army gunship helicopters and artillery were used in the operation against the militants, who had established their hideouts in the Shawal area and involved in attacks on military convoys. "

September 8: Ten militants were killed and seven SF personnel injured after the militants attacked a military convoy in the Pusht Ziarat area, about 95 kilometers southwest of Miranshah in North Waziristan. An unnamed SF official said the military convoy was coming to the Mana army camp from Shawal when the militants attacked it in Pusht Ziarat – an area between North and South Waziristan.

Four soldiers were killed and two others injured when suspected militants opened fire on a small military convoy in the Kohistan district of NWFP. It was reportedly the first attack on the army in Kohistan.

September 6: Six persons, including four suspected foreigners, were killed when a Cobra gunship attacked a car in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan. A statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations said the car was occupied by suspected foreigners and it was tracked down and attacked with a missile fired by a helicopter. Two tribesmen present in the area at the time of the attack were also killed.

September 4: At least 30 people were killed and 70 others wounded in two suicide attacks at Qasim Market and RA Bazaar in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. The first suicide bomber targeted a bus that was carrying about 35 employees of a defence agency to their office near the Qasim Market, killing at least 20 people. Soon after, another blast occurred near the RA Bazaar police station, killing 10 more people.

September 1: Four paramilitary troops were killed and six others injured in a suicide attack at a check-post in the Mamoond area of Bajaur Agency in FATA. Local residents said that a civilian was killed when the security forces opened fire after the attack.

August 31: Two soldiers of the Frontier Coprs (FC) and a civilian were killed and eight people sustained injuries in two attacks at Mingora in the NWFP. FC personnel and police stationed at the Pakistan-Australia Institute for Hotel Management came under attack in the Guli Bagh area leading to the death of two paramilitary soldiers, Noor Bahadur and Waheed Nawaz, and injuries to six soldiers. Official sources said that a police patrol rushed to the area and struck an improvised explosive device on the Langar Road. A civilian, Hazrat Ali, who had been arrested for timber smuggling and was in the police van, was killed in the blast while two police personnel were wounded.

August 26: US-led security forces and Afghan troops attacked Taliban positions inside Pakistan in fresh clashes that left at least 19 militants dead, security forces said. The US-led coalition said it received permission from Pakistan to attack across the border on August 25, but this was denied by the chief military spokesperson in Islamabad. Afghan and coalition forces used mortars and artillery fire to destroy militants’ attacking positions on both sides of the border after a military post in Afghanistan came under attack, the coalition said in a statement. The Afghan army saw Taliban militants firing mortars and rockets from several positions and Pakistan’s military confirmed three of the firing sites were on their soil, the statement said.

Four police personnel were killed and two others sustained injuries in a suicide attack on a police van in the mountainous Shangla district of NWFP. It was reportedly the first-ever terrorist incident in the Shangla district.

August 25: SFs killed five militants and arrested another in the Datakhel area of North Waziristan in a clash which followed an attack on a security post leaving one soldier dead and two others wounded. Officials said the SFs retaliated after the Ismailkhel post had been attacked with rockets and missiles.

An army helicopter opened fire on a vehicle on a road near Miranshah in North Waziristan killing three suspected militants. The vehicle was reportedly targeted because it failed to stop at a checkpoint at Mir Ali, about 20-kilometers from Miranshah.

August 24: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into the military convoy near the Qamar Picket near the Mir Ali town in North Waziristan, killing five soldiers and injuring 10 others. The same convoy, which had come from Bannu in the North West Frontier Province and was on its way to Razmak, was attacked once more when it proceeded further. Another suicide bomber riding a vehicle struck the convoy near Asadkhel village on the road to Razmak, killing two soldiers and injuring two others. Military officials stated that two militants were killed by the troops in retaliatory firing.

August 22: Three Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and three militants were killed when militants attacked a check-post jointly manned by police and FC personnel in the Miran police precincts of Bannu. Miran police station duty officer Qudratullah stated that unidentified militants attacked the Norar check-post, 12 kilometers from Bannu, at around 2:45am. He said that three FC personnel died in the attack, while three militants were killed and two injured in retaliatory firing. However, the militants managed to escape along with their injured accomplices.

August 20: Six SF personnel were killed and 18 persons, including a civilian, were wounded when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a checkpoint on Kurram Road in the Hangu district of NWFP. Hangu District Police Officer Ghulam Mohammad Khan disclosed that the suicide bomber came in a blue jeep from Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan, and struck the Militia Mandoori check-post. A woman is reported to have died when SFs opened indiscriminate fire after the incident.

August 19: At least 15 militants were killed during military operations that targeted militant hideouts near the Mir Ali town in North Waziristan. Military spokesperson Major General Waheed Arshad said the military attacked hideouts of the militants after security checkpoints near Mir Ali came under attack. "We have credible information that the two compounds have been destroyed and 15 miscreants, including 10 Uzbeks, have been killed in the strike," Arshad said. There were unconfirmed reports that an Iraqi national Abu Akasha, a suspected al Qaeda operative, may have been the target of the military operation.

Two women, two children and a man were killed in a village near Mir Ali town in military operations involving Cobra gunship helicopters. Tribal sources in Mir Ali said the five civilians were killed in Hormuz and Issori when the gunship helicopters bombed and strafed the two villages. The Mosaki, Hasokhel and Khushali villages were also attacked by the five helicopters and several houses were damaged.

August 17: At least eight people died during clashes between activists of the rival Lashkar-i-Islam and Ansaar-ul-Islam groups at Sandapaal in the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in the FATA.

In North Waziristan, two Uzbek nationals and two men of the Janikhel tribe were killed when security forces fired at a car which did not stop for checking at the Jaler checkpoint.

August 16-17: Ten militants and two soldiers were killed in an attack on a military convoy in South Waziristan on August 16. "Militants ambushed a military convoy near Chaghmalay, and air support was sought against them. Ten militants were killed and 12 injured while the security forces suffered two casualties," said military spokesperson Major General Waheed. Later, Cobra helicopters and troops on the ground targeted several locations of the militants in South Waziristan. Five helicopter gun-ships, called in from a base at Miranshah in North Waziristan, attacked militants’ positions in the Chagmalai, Spla Toi, Tanga, Berwand, Maulvi Khan Sarai and Zawar areas. Officials and residents said the death toll in clashes reached to 32, including 19 militants and 12 soldiers on August 17. At least 12 security force personnel were injured. Zulfiqar Mehsud, a spokesperson for militant commander Baitullah Mehsud, claimed responsibility for the attacks on the security forces. He claimed that Taliban had captured four posts in the Tiarza area. He also claimed that six army vehicles had been damaged.

August 13: Four civilians were killed and eight others sustained injuries when a vehicle of the National Rural Support Programme struck a roadside explosive device in the Ushu Valley, near the tourist resort of Kalam in the Swat district of NWFP.

At least three militants were killed during an encounter with the SF personnel which ensued after the militants attacked Dargai check post in South Waziristan.

August 11: Three police personnel were killed by militants in an ambush in the Hangu district of the NWFP. A police team was patrolling Hangu’s main road when the miscreants opened fire on them, killing constables Din Khan, Ahmad Hussain and Lal Muhammad. Two civilians, Hayat Nawaz and Khalid Nawaz, were also injured.

Cobra helicopters killed three suspected militants, pounding what was believed to be their base, after the firefight in Mir Ali town of North Waziristan, the military said. One SF personnel was also injured in the incident.

August 9: At least 15 people were reported to have died after army’s helicopter gun-ships attacked the Degan village in North Waziristan following a roadside bomb blast which left four soldiers injured. The four soldiers were wounded when a bomb exploded near the Boya checkpoint on the Miranshah-Datakhel road.

August 8: Taliban militants captured Chargano village at Darra Adamkhel in the NWFP when rival tribesmen surrendered to them after clashes which left five people dead and at least 10 others injured. Witnesses said that some 20 families of the Qasimkhel tribe surrendered themselves to the militants after 35-hour-long gun fight between the two sides. Both sides targeted each other’s positions with rockets and heavy machine-guns.

Four militants were killed and the commandant of Makran Scouts (a wing of the Frontier Corps) and another security force personnel injured in an encounter in the Mand area of Turbat district in Balochistan, close to the border with Iran.

August 7-8: At least 12 militants were killed and several others injured during helicopter raids by the security forces at Degan village in North Waziristan. Military spokesperson Major General Waheed Arshad said that the operation commenced at 5:00am when artillery and Cobra helicopters targeted two compounds of the militants. "The militants used to regroup and prepare attacks on security forces and take refuge at these compounds," he disclosed. Militants inside the compound fired back, but they were "wiped out" in the four-hour attack, he added. Some low-level al Qaeda members were identified as having been among the 12 militants killed. Chechens and Arabs were among the militants killed, an unnamed security official said.

August 4: Four SF personnel, two each from the army and Frontier Corps, were killed and six others injured when militants attacked the Salanghi check post in Dosali area, 35-kilometres south of Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan. In the retaliatory fire, SFs killed 10 militants.

August 4: Nine persons were killed and 43 others injured when a suicide car bomber triggered an explosion at a busy bus stop near the entry point of Parachinar city in the Kurram Agency of FATA. A 10-year-old girl was among those killed in the attack.

August 3: At least four people were killed during a shootout between tribesmen and SF personnel in the Asadkhel area of North Waziristan. The exchange of fire followed a bomb explosion moments before the arrival in Asadkhel of a convoy of army and FC which was on way from Bannu in the NWFP to Razmak. The remote controlled bomb explosion, however, caused no casualty. Three missiles were also fired at an FC checkpoint and the Miranshah Fort.

July 31: Security forces, assisted by helicopter gunships, killed 15 militants in an encounter near the Banda checkpoint in North Waziristan. Major General Waheed Arshad, Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations, said 18 "miscreants" were killed when about 40 of them tried to attack a military checkpoint near Miranshah. Though the military spokesperson denied any casualties among the troops, villagers said some soldiers were killed or injured in the fighting. The clash reportedly occurred when two vehicles were seen moving towards a paramilitary post, some five kilometers south of the Miranshah town. Even as the troops fired warning shots from the Banda post, people in the vehicles fired back at the paramilitary forces and an encounter ensued. The troops later also utilised Cobra helicopters which targeted suspected locations of the militants in the area and the two vehicles.

July 30: Three paramilitary soldiers were killed when an improvised explosive device exploded close to the Mashes camp near Miranshah in North Waziristan

Three paramilitary soldiers were killed and another sustained injuries when a convoy hit a roadside bomb near Thall picket. The convoy was going from Dosali to Bannu in the North West Frontier Province.

A helicopter gunship fired on a suspicious car that was following an army convoy near the Afghan border, killing four suspected militants. "The army spotted the car and ordered them to stop and they ignored the warning. They were fired on by a helicopter escorting the convoy… Four people inside the car were killed, they are suspected militants," said an unnamed security official.

July 28: Three police personnel were killed when militants opened fire on them in the Lal Qila Midan area of the Lower Dir district in the NWFP. An unidentified caller informed police about the presence of armed people in a graveyard on Hiyaseri-Lal Qila road, sources said, adding, as the police reached the scene, the militants opened fire, killing Additional SHO Azam Khan and another police personnel. Another police personnel, identified as Shahzad Gul, sustained injuries in the firing and died later.

July 27: At least 15 people, including eight police personnel, were killed and 53 others wounded, when a suicide bomber struck a group of police personnel in a restaurant following a clash between the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) activists and the police after Friday prayers in Islamabad. The bomber reportedly blew himself up at the Muzaffargarh Nihari House and the Pakwan Centre, some 500 yards away from the Lal Masjid in a busy business centre in a thickly populated area of the capital, at about 5.20 pm. "It was a suicide bombing. We have found the remains of the attacker and we are carrying out DNA testing," interior ministry spokesperson Brig (retd) Javed Cheema said.

Abdul Raziq Bugti, spokesperson for the Balochistan government and a prominent politician, was assassinated in a high-security zone of Quetta by unidentified gunmen. The BLA claimed responsibility for the incident which occurred on the Zarghoon road, half a kilometre away from the Governor House and Balochistan Secretariat. 55-year old Raziq Bugti was on his way home from the PTV Quetta Station, when unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire on his vehicle, killing him on the spot.

July 25: A former Taliban commander, Mullah Naimatullah Nurzai, was shot dead by two motorcycle borne assailants near Boghara village near the border town of Chaman in Balochistan. Naimatullah was special assistant to the Governor of Khost during the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and he also fought against the Northern Alliance as a Taliban commander. After the fall of the Taliban, he came back to Chaman and was living in Boghra village. His brother, Mullah Aminullah Nurzai, is reportedly still affiliated with the Taliban and was still fighting inside Afghanistan against NATO forces.

Three members of a team of a private company were shot dead and two wounded by unidentified armed men hiding in the mountains of Zehri area of Balochistan. The members of the team were conducting a survey on the link road between Zehri and the main highway.

July 24: At least nine persons, including a woman, were killed and 40 others wounded when unidentified militants fired a series of rockets on civilian population in the Bannu city of NWFP. Police official Khawaja Muhammad said that a rocket hit a house at Tafsil Street in the Bannu main bazaar at around 1:35am. He said that when people gathered at the site another rocket landed in the area, killing nine people. He said that another rocket hit a house in the Gopa Khel area, one hit a bookstore in Chowk Bazaar, while a fifth rocket struck a mosque. Bannu District Coordination Officer Syed Jamaluddin Shah while confirming the nine deaths said "I am not sure if the attack was in revenge for Taliban commander Abdullah Mehsud’s death."

Four SF personnel were killed in an attack by militants on the Kambar check post at Dattakhel in North Waziristan.

Taliban leader Abdullah Mehsud blew himself up to avoid arrest after he was surrounded by security forces in a house at Zhob in Balochistan. Police arrested three of Mehsud’s accomplices, including his brother Abdul Rehman Mehsud. Anti-terrorist Force (ATF) commandoes raided the house of Sheikh Ayub Mandokhel, a district leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Maulana Fazlur Rehman faction), before morning prayers after learning that Mehsud was inside. "The ATF asked Abdullah Mehsud to surrender and take off his shirt when they had almost overpowered him. However, he refused to surrender and blew himself up with explosives," said an unnamed source in the provincial capital Quetta. The ATF also arrested Ayub’s younger brother, Sheikh Azam, and his son, Sheikh Sheryar.

July 22-23: Heavy fighting killed at least 35 militants and two soldiers in North Waziristan, the military said. Major General Waheed Arshad, chief of the Inter-Services Public Relations, informed that at least 30 militants died in a series of clashes since late July 22, and five more were killed in a battle that continued on July 23-evening. Two soldiers were killed and 12 others injured in the violence over the past 24 hours, he added, but gave no further details.

July 22: Gunship helicopters killed seven militants who were shooting at an army convoy from hilltops in Qutab Khel, five kilometers east of Miranshah in North Waziristan. Six SF personnel were wounded in the clash.

July 21: SFs killed 13 militants in Ghulam Khan, 15 kilometers north of Miranshah, headquarters in North Waziristan. The incident occurred when unidentified militants attacked a Frontier Corps check-post. The troops also reportedly arrested seven militants and seized a vehicle.

Security forces retaliated and killed four militants who attacked a security check post at 8:30 pm in the Ghulam Khan sector of North Waziristan.

July 20: Four persons, including two civilians, were killed and five others injured when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a security check post at Boya near Miranshah in North Waziristan, FATA.

July 19: At least 22 civilians and seven police officers were killed and approximately 50 people injured in a suicide car bomb attack at the Gadani Bus Stop in the industrial town of Hub in Balochistan. Inspector General of Police Tariq Masood Khosa said "It was a suicide attack that was targeted at Chinese engineers working in Balochistan."

15 persons, including a prayer leader and two children, were killed and several people injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up during night prayers at a mosque at Pathan Lines Centre in the Kohat Cantonment area of NWFP. Most of the victims were reportedly army officials. Interior Minister Sherpao said, "Indirectly these attacks are a backlash reaction against the Red Mosque."

Five civilians and two policemen were killed and 35 people injured when a suicide bomber set off his explosives-packed car at the Hangu Police Training College in the NWFP.

July 18: Seventeen soldiers were killed and 12 others wounded when a military convoy coming from Lwara Mandi was attacked in the Ghazlami area, 40 kilometres west of Miranshah. Military spokesperson Major General Waheed Arshad told Daily Times that 12 to 15 militants were killed in retaliatory fire.

July 17: Approximately 16 people died and more than 63 were wounded in a suicide bomber attack outside the venue of a lawyers rally in Islamabad. The blast occurred shortly before reinstated Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was to pass through the site to give a speech to lawyers of the Islamabad District Bar Association. The blast occurred within the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) camp and many of the dead, including three women, were activists of the party. PPP chief Benazir Bhutto had endorsed the military action against the mosque.

Four persons, including three soldiers, were killed in a suicide attack at the Kajhri security check-post in North Waziristan.

July 15: At least 47 people were killed and over a hundred injured in suicide bombings targeting security forces in the Swat and Dera Ismail Khan districts of the NWFP in apparent revenge attacks by militants for the Lal Masjid operation.

In the first attack, at least 13 SF personnel and six civilians, including three children, were killed and more than 50 people sustained injuries at Matta in the Swat district when two suicide bombers rammed two cars packed with explosives into an army convoy early in the morning. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

At approximately 4:15 pm (PST), a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Dera Ismail Khan Police Lines as candidates took police entrance exams. Police official Safiullah said that 26 people were killed, including 12 police personnel and the suicide bomber, and 61 others were wounded.

July 14: At least 23 Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were killed and 27 others injured when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into their convoy. An unnamed senior administration official said the attack occurred 20-kilometres southeast of Miranshah when a FC convoy was heading towards Miranshah from the Razmak area.

July 13: Suspected militants killed three pro-government tribal leaders at Miranshah in North Waziristan. The assailants shot dead the leaders after spotting them in a Miranshah market.

July 12: A suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the Political Agent’s office in the Miranshah area of North Waziristan, killing four people and injuring three others. Political agent Pirzada Khan, who was in the office at the time, is reported to have escaped unhurt. Three of the dead were identified as Attaullah, Fareedullah and Saddique Amin, also a government employee. The Taliban have, however, denied involvement in the suicide attack.

A suicide bomber killed three police personnel, Sub-Inspector Taj Maluk and constables Riaz and Islam Gul, by detonating the explosives wrapped around his waist in the Swat district of NWFP. The suicide attack came moments after a military convoy passed through the area, informed police officer Abdur Rashid Khan. Unconfirmed reports said that there were two suicide bombers. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

July 11: Security forces collected 73 bodies of militants as they cleared the Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa of mines and booby traps after flushing out or killing all the militants holed up inside. Major General Arshad Waheed, Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations, informed reporters that the cleanup operation was almost complete and that 73 bodies had been collected, and none of them were of women. He also said that another soldier was injured in overnight fighting, taking the casualty figures for the armed forces to 10 deaths and 33 wounded. Three more militants were also killed in the fighting overnight, the military spokesperson informed. However, he did not disclose the number of civilian casualties.

July 10: Abdul Rashid Ghazi, deputy chief cleric of the Lal Masjid, was among dozens killed as Pakistan Army commandos stormed the 75-room mosque compound after a weeklong standoff with militant students. More than 50 militants and nine soldiers were killed in the 15-hour operation, which commenced shortly before dawn, said Major General Arshad Waheed, Director General of the ISPR. He informed that 29 soldiers and many others were injured. Independent sources, however, said the total death toll was likely to be much higher. Social worker Abdus Sattar Edhi told reporters that his charity had supplied 500 shrouds to the security forces. Some other sources said that more than 80 militants were killed.

July 8: Unidentified gunmen shot dead three Chinese workers and injured another in Peshawar, capital of the NWFP. The Chinese reportedly were engaged in the business of turtles and exported hides to China and other countries.

July 6: Four Pakistan Army personnel, including a Major and a Lieutenant, were killed in an IED attack on a military convoy in the Dir district of NWFP. According to the locals, the outlawed TNSM could be "behind the blast." Dir is a stronghold of the Jamaat-e-Islami and the outlawed TNSM.

A Waziristan tribe killed four suspected Taliban militants while rescuing a Pakistan Army captain who was abducted at gunpoint. Lashkar, an armed group of the Dirdoni tribe, chased the militants after they abducted Captain Faisal Islam, a trainer at Razmak Cadet College in North Waziristan. Four militants were killed in the ensuing encounter while Captain Islam and two Lashkar men sustained injuries.

July 4: Eleven people, including six SF personnel, are reported to have died in a suicide attack on a caravan of SFs in North Waziristan. The caravan of SFs was going to Bannu in the NWFP from Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan. A suicide attacker rammed his explosive-laden car with the caravan near Mir Ali. Four SF personnel and a passer-by child died on the spot while two soldiers and three passers-by succumbed to injuries at a hospital. The suicide attacker also was killed.

Four civilians were killed and two police personnel were wounded in a bomb blast that targeted a police vehicle in the Swat district of NWFP. Police officer Saeed Khan said that it was not clear whether a grenade was thrown at the vehicle or whether a roadside bomb exploded. A number of eyewitnesses claimed that a suicide bomber carried out the attack using an IED near the Kanju Bridge. However, police officials did not confirm the suicide attack but said it cannot be ruled out.

Four police personnel were killed and two others sustained injuries when suspected Taliban militants attacked their vehicle in the Mattani police precincts of Peshawar, capital of the NWFP. The official said that the attackers fired nearly 500 rounds on the police party amidst slogans of ‘Allah-o-Akbar’. He added that the assailants had come from Darra Adam Khel, which borders Matani village.

July 3: At least 12 people were killed and around 150 injured in a daylong shootout between Madrassa (seminary) students and security force personnel near the pro-Taliban Lal Masjid (red mosque). The administration confirmed that a journalist, one soldier of the para-military Rangers, a businessman, seminary students and bystanders were among the dead. Unconfirmed reports suggested that the death toll had mounted to 16.

June 27: Three militants were killed when a bomb they were planting on a road used by the Pakistan army detonated prematurely at Datta Khel in North Waziristan. The blast reportedly occurred on a route used by troops to travel between Lwara Mundi and Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan.

June 23: 10 civilians were killed and 13 others injured in North Waziristan in a mortar attack from Afghanistan. "Ten innocent people were reported killed when some mortars hit civilians in Mangroti village in the Shawal region," military spokesperson Major General Waheed Arshad said.

A roadside bomb blast killed three paramilitary soldiers and wounded two others in Mir Ali town, 20-kilometres east of Miranshah.

June 21: Three people, including two brothers, were killed when their tractor hit a roadside bomb at Khapianga village in the Lower Kurram Agency area of the FATA. The men were going from Khapianga to Shabak near North Waziristan when their vehicle hit the explosive device planted in a dry water course near a paramilitary checkpoint.

June 20: The caretaker of a Madrassa (seminary) near a site in North Waziristan which was the target of a suspected missile strike on June 19 has said that a total of 34 people were killed, and all of them were locals. Maulana Muhammad Amir, caretaker of the Ziul Aloom seminary in the Dattakhel area, said all those killed were local tribesmen, and the target was not a Madrassa, as reported in the press, but "a tent on a hilltop".

June 19: At least 22 people were killed and 10 others sustained injuries when a missile hit a cluster of compounds in the Datakhel area of North Waziristan. While the exact nature of the explosion is yet to be ascertained, local people said that missiles had hit a seminary, killing several people and wounding scores of others. A Madrassa (seminary) used by the Taliban as a hideout was attacked by a US-controlled drone, killing over 20 militants and wounding 15 others, a report said. The ISPR Director-General, Major General Arshad Waheed, however, denied reports that Pakistan army or coalition forces had carried out the attack. "It was an accidental blast in the area and, according to the tribal administration, 20 people were killed," he claimed. Tribal sources quoted local militants as saying that the attack had been carried out from Afghanistan. The US-led coalition in Afghanistan said it was not involved.

June 8: Three persons were killed and seven others sustained injuries when a bomb exploded on a bus in the Hub town of Balochistan. Police said the explosive device was planted in front of a hotel on RCD road at Ghulam Qadir Chowk and exploded when the bus was passing through.

June 2: Five persons, including a senior tribal journalist, were killed in an explosion in Malasyed, 20 kilometers from Khar in Bajaur Agency of the FATA. The Tribal Union of Journalists Vice President Noor Hakim, political tehsildar (revenue administration official) Wasil Khan, tribal elder Muhammad Ayaz and his son Parvaiz Khan were traveling to Bajaur Agency after attending a jirga (council meeting) in Salarzai when their vehicle hit a remote-controlled bomb on the road. All of them in addition to a security guard, Hasan, died instantly. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

May 30: Militants attacked the house of a senior government official in the Jatai Qala area of Tank district in the NWFP after midnight and shot dead 13 people, including two women. Two children were injured, police said. Chief of the Gomal police station, Sanaullah Marwat, informed that militants attacked the house of Amiruddin Khan, Khyber tribal region's political agent, with rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades and assault rifles. He said that the militants had come from the adjoining South Waziristan. The dead reportedly included six members of the family and seven guests.

May 29: Four persons, including a wanted insurgent, were killed and seven others sustained injuries in a shootout between SF personnel and armed men in the Dera Allahyar area of Jaffarabad district in Balochistan. When a security convoy was passing through Dera Allahyar, armed men in a car reportedly opened fire killing a man accompanying the SF personnel. The SFs retaliated and insurgent commander, Musa Rahija Bugti, Nari Bugti, a former commander of Nawab Akbar Bugti, and two other people were killed in the crossfire. Nari Bugti had surrendered to the government and was working with the SFs. The two others killed were identified as Nazir Ahmed, a soft drink vendor, and Sach Anand, a shopkeeper.

May 28: Four local Taliban militants were killed in a clash with police in the Bannu district of NWFP. Two police personnel and civilian were injured in the encounter, officials said.

May 22: SF personnel clashed with Islamist militants at Zakerkhel village in North Waziristan in the FATA, killing three foreigners and one tribesman. The gun-battle reportedly occurred when talks between tribal elders and militants hiding in a house in the village failed. According to the deal signed between the government and militants in September 2006, the army has to take the peace committee into confidence before taking action in the area. This was the first coordinated operation in the area since the deal was brokered.

May 16: Six people were killed and 15 others, including four police personnel, were injured in clashes between SF personnel and Islamic militants in the Tank city of the NWFP. According to witnesses, a rocket fired by the militants landed in the Rizwan Grain market of the city on Tank-Dera road, killing five civilians, including two brothers. Clashes in different parts of the city occurred for more than two hours and both sides used rockets and light cannons, causing collateral damage to bazaars and residential areas, residents said.

May 15: Twenty-five people were killed and at least 35 others wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up on the ground floor of the Marhaba Hotel in Peshawar, capital of the NWFP. Most of those killed were Afghans, including the restaurant's owner Sadruddin and his two sons, two women and a five year-old child. Witnesses and police said that restaurant owner Sadruddin was an Uzbek of Afghan origin and he was a supporter of former Uzbek warlord Abdur Rashid Dostum. The NWFP Law Minister Malik Zafar Azam told reporters that it was a suicide attack. Azam said it would be premature to say who was behind the suicide attack, "but it may be a reaction to Taliban military commander Mullah Dadullah's killing two days ago in Afghanistan."

April 29: Suspected militants attacked the army check post at Naridog in North Waziristan, killing one soldier. Three militants were killed when the troops deployed the check post returned fire.

April 28: 31 people, including five police personnel, were killed and Federal Interior Minister Sherpao and his young son Sikandar Sherpao Khan were among several people wounded in a suicide attack, moments after the minister finished a speech at a public rally in his hometown Charsadda in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP). The head of the suicide bomber, who had a brown beard and was aged between 30 and 35 years, was found at the site of the blast near Station Koroona in Charsadda, and "he looks like an Afghan," NWFP Inspector General of Police Sharif Virk told reporters.

April 27: Four people were killed and three others wounded when five missiles fired from Afghanistan struck the Darul Uloom Hassania seminary in the Saidgi area of North Waziristan. The seminary belongs to tribal militant commander Maulana Noor Mohammad, who had signed a peace deal with the government in September 2006.

April 25: Unidentified militants shot dead three people in a targeted sectarian attack in the Dera Ismail Khan district of the NWFP. The assailants fired from a Kalashnikov rifle on a vehicle in which two brothers from a prominent Shia family, Najaf Ali Shah and Syed Ali Shah, and their Sunni employee were traveling. An unnamed official of the NWFP government is reported to have blamed the attack on the banned Sunni group SSP and urged Shias to remain peaceful.

April 23: Six people were killed and 12 others sustained injuries when Lashkar-i-Islam activists and SFs exchanged fire at Bara in the Khyber Agency of FATA.

April 22: Three children died in an explosion in the Khad Kocha area of Mastung district in Balochistan. Police said two motorcyclists hurled an explosive device into the house of one Habibullah Lehri. It exploded killing his 12-year-old daughter Shakara and two sons, five-year old Imdadullah and two-year old Nasibullah.

April 16: Three children were killed and four other people, including two women, were wounded when a hand grenade exploded inside a house in the Badhbare village in the outskirts of Peshawar, capital of the NWFP.

April 13: Three SF personnel were killed when a landmine exploded in the Tartani Manjara area of Kohlu district in Balochistan.

April 10-11: At least 45 more people were killed during sectarian clashes in the Kurram Agency of FATA as Shia and Sunni combatants continued to attack each other’s villages with heavy weapons despite warnings of military action by the government against those refusing to stop fighting. For the sixth day, fighting occurred in most parts of the Kurram Agency bordering Afghanistan.

April 10: Eight more persons were killed on the fifth day of the sectarian clashes in the Kurram Agency of the FATA. Hospital and tribal sources said that firing of missiles and shelling by mortar guns killed three people in the Pir Qayyum village, three in Balishtkhel, one more in Ibrahimzai and another in the Shingak village. The eight persons who died included five Shias and three Sunnis. Reports quoting people in Sadda, headquarters of Lower Kurram, said around 2,000 missiles had hit their town. Some 250 houses in Sadda were damaged.

April 9: Pro-government tribesmen have reportedly cleared the Azam Warsak area in South Waziristan of Uzbek militants linked to the al Qaeda and hoisted their flags after establishing their control. An official said that around 2,000 tribal volunteers and militants allied to ‘commander’ Maulana Nazir entered Azam Warsak on April 9-morning and hoisted white flags. "With God’s help, we have forced Qari Tahir Khan and his supporters to flee," Mullah Owais Hanafi, a spokesman for the tribal army led by Maulana Nazir, said in a statement. Qari Tahir Khan is a local name for Tahir Yuldashev, leader of the outlawed Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. "By (Monday) mid-day, the tribal army reached the centre of Azam Warsak to hoist a white flag – signifying the return of peace – and Uzbek militants left the area long before our mujahideen’s arrival," Hanafi said. "There was no resistance… It was a problem area but it’s clear now," South Waziristan administrator Hussainzada Khan told Dawn. Hussainzada disclosed that overnight clashes between pro-government tribesmen and Uzbek militants had left eight Uzbeks dead.

At least four SF personnel were killed and two others wounded in an ambush by insurgents near the Tartani area of Kohlu district. SFs retaliated and claimed to have arrested at least 12 armed insurgents, four of whom had been injured in an encounter. A caller identifying himself as Beeberg Baloch and a spokesman for the banned Baloch Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for the attack and claimed that 14 SF personnel were killed in the attack.

April 8: 16 more persons were killed in the Kurram Agency of FATA as sectarian clashes spread to most parts of the tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Nine Shias and seven Sunnis were reportedly killed in different villages of the Kurram Agency. The Shias who died included four in Pewar village, two in Chardiwar and Jalamay, two in Mallikhel and one in Karman. The dead Sunnis included five in the Boshera village and two in Sadda town. Among the five casualties in Boshera were three women and two children, all struck by mortar shells.

April 7: At least 40 persons were killed and an unspecified number of them wounded at Parachinar and other parts of the Kurram tribal agency in the FATA on the second day of sectarian clashes. Unconfirmed reports said the death toll was more than 40 and it was increasing due to the continuing clashes and the spread of fighting to hitherto peaceful villages.

April 6: Pro-government tribesmen stormed key bunkers occupied by foreign Al Qaeda militants, killing around 20 people, said security officials. In the major assault, the tribesmen overran several bunkers held by the foreign militants. ISPR Director General Major General Wahid Arshad said that Army troops had been deployed to Shin Warsak to tighten security, but they were not taking part in the fighting.

Authorities imposed a curfew in Kurram Agency following sectarian violence in which three people were killed and the Army was called out to control the situation. Hospital sources said that three people were killed and 13 injured when Shias were attacked in an imambargah in the morning. Trouble erupted when Shias staged a demonstration outside their mosque against local Sunnis who allegedly chanted anti-Shia slogans during a religious rally last week.

April 4: An estimated 50 people were killed in fresh clashes between pro-government tribesmen and foreign militants in South Waziristan. A tribal army led by Maulana Nazir, a pro-government militant commander waging a fight against Uzbek militants, captured the strategic area of Sheen Warsak west of Wana after a fierce battle in which 19 Uzbeks and five tribesmen were killed. Three paramilitary soldiers were also killed during the fighting. In a gun battle in Zaghunday, north of Sheen Warsak, the tribal army killed 25 Uzbeks.

April 2: Ten people were killed and an unspecified number of them wounded in renewed fighting between the pro-government tribesmen and foreign militants, even as the Ahmadzai Wazir tribe gave a call to all the tribesmen to go after the foreign militants and their local supporters to purge the area from outsiders.

At least seven tribesmen from both sides were reportedly killed in fresh fighting in the Zeirha Letta area of South Waziristan.

March 31: Local tribesmen attacked foreign al Qaeda militants hiding in bunkers in the ongoing clashes that killed five people in South Waziristan, bringing the total death toll since fighting began on March 19 to 177.

March 30: Pakistani tribesmen traded heavy rocket and mortar fire with foreign al Qaeda militants in a border region for a second day, leaving 56 people dead. Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao said, "Fifty-four people were killed today (and) two yesterday. They include 45 foreigners."

March 29: At least four persons were killed and as many wounded in clashes between two militant groups in South Waziristan. Both sides used heavy weapons in the fighting which left the four, two of them foreigners, dead.

March 28: At least 25 Taliban militants and a paramilitary soldier were killed in a gun battle that continued for six-hours in the Tank town of NWFP. Tank District Police Officer Mumtaz Zarin said that security forces killed at least 25 militants when more than 200 Taliban cadres attacked the city from all sides. A police source said that two police stations, a paramilitary fort and bank branches were damaged in the Taliban attack.

March 27: Unidentified gunmen attacked an ISI vehicle in the Rashakai area – 10-kilometres from Khar Bazaar of Bajaur Agency, killing four officials, including Deputy Director Mohammad Sadique alias Major Hamza, said officials. The other three officials were identified as Saeedur Rehman, Hussain Ahmad and Umer Khan. AFP reported that 5 officials had been killed.

March 26: A police officer and two attackers were killed, while 13 others, including three paramilitary soldiers and a constable, were wounded when suspected militants attacked a police station, an armoured personnel carrier and FC fort with hand grenades in Tank city of NWFP, Police and residents said.

March 21: Five FC personnel were killed and four injured when unidentified gunmen ambushed their vehicle in the Bramcha area of Chagai district, an FC official said.

March 19-22: Nearly 160 people, including 130 foreign militants, have been killed in four days of fighting between the al Qaeda-linked militants and Pakistani tribesmen, Pakistani Government officials said. Fresh fighting broke out on March 19 in Shin Warsak village, 7-km west of Wana. Earlier, a battle between foreign militants, most of them Uzbeks, and ethnic Pashtun tribesmen erupted in the remote area near the Afghan border on March 6, when militants tried to kill a pro-Government tribal leader, in which seventeen people, most of them Uzbeks, were killed. This followed Government efforts to convince the tribesmen to help keep order and stop militant raids into Afghanistan. "It's a success of the Government tribesmen strategy ... the tribesmen are fed up with them because they and their activities adversely affect their lives and business," said Military spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad.

March 10: Security forces killed three militants who were trying to enter Pakistan from Afghanistan in Dwatoi of North Waziristan. A junior commissioned officer was also killed during the encounter, the first direct confrontation with militants following the September 5, 2006 peace accord between the government and pro-Taliban elders. The army provided no details about the identity of the slain militants.

March 6-7: Around 19 people were killed and several others injured in a reported clash between the Wazir Zalikhel sub-tribe and foreign militants near Azam Warsak in South Waziristan.

March 2: Three policemen were killed and nine others, including an anti-terrorist Judge Bashir Ahmed Bhatti, were wounded when a remote-controlled bomb attached to a bicycle exploded in Multa. Bhatti was travelling to his court when the bomb went off damaging his vehicle.

February 25: A woman and her two children are killed when insurgents fired a rocket at their house in the Kahan area of Kohlu district in Balochistan province. Government officials, however, did not confirm the report.  

February 23: Three suspected militants are killed at Cheechawatni near Multan in the Punjab province when the explosives they are carrying on a bicycle detonated. Police said that two of the men are from a Madrassa (seminary) that had links with the banned Sunni group SSP.  

February 20: An Islamist "fanatic" shot dead the Social Welfare Minister of Punjab province, Zile Huma Usman, in an open court in her hometown of Gujranwala. Police said Muhammad Sarwar shot dead the minister during a brief power cut during the open court at Pakistan Muslim League House. Police arrested Sarwar immediately after the shooting and later said he was a religious fanatic opposed to women being independent, and had been implicated in four murders and two attempted murders in Gujranwala. "He considers it contrary to the teachings of Allah for a woman to become a minister or a ruler. That's why he committed this action," the police said in a statement.

February 17: Seventeen people, including a senior civil judge, were killed and 30 others injured in a powerful suicide bombing in the Quetta District Courts compound. The blast occurred inside the courtroom of Senior Civil Judge Abdul Wahid Durrani at 11:05am (PST). Tariq Masood Khosa, Balochistan's Inspector General of Police said, "It was a suicide bombing which is evident from the recovery of the heads of two persons. One of them entered the courtroom and blew himself up."

February 6: A suicide attacker blew himself up in the car park of Islamabad airport, killing himself and injuring 10 people, mostly security force personnel. Police officials said that the attacker arrived at the airport close to 8:50 pm in a taxi with two other people and was stopped for checking by Airport Security Force officials who asked for his identification. The man opened fire at the guards and then ran towards the VIP lounge of the airport forcing the security officials to return fire, which led to an explosion.

February 3: A suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden jeep into a military convoy, killing two soldiers and injuring seven others in the Barakhel area of Tank district in NWFP. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but authorities suspected pro-Taliban tribal militants from South Waziristan were behind it.

January 29: A suicide bomber killed two people, including a policeman, at Dera Ismail Khan in NWFP. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Captain Hamad, said that the suicide bomber, wearing a black shawl, blew himself up as policeman Abdul Halim was searching him. He said that Naseer, a civilian working at a nearby petrol pump, was also killed, and seven other people, including two policemen, were injured. "The suicide bomber was a young boy. He initially refused to be searched, and when police began searching him, he blew himself up, killing a policeman, a civilian and himself," said another police officer Aslam Khattak.

January 27: Fifteen people, including six police officials, were killed and 60 others injured in a suicide attack targeting a Muharram procession near Qasim Ali Khan Mosque in the Dilgaran area of Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar, capital of NWFP. Peshawar police commissioner Mallik Muhammad Saad, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, three other police personnel and a Nazim (local official) were among those killed in the blast. Superintendent of Peshawar Police Zaibullah said that an unidentified bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body when police stopped him from entering the procession, which was to be taken out from Qasim Ali Khan Mosque.

January 26: A suicide bomber blew himself up outside Hotel Marriott in the capital Islamabad, killing a guard, Tariq Mehmmod, and wounding five persons. The unidentified man detonated explosives strapped to his body after the security guard tried to stop him from entering the hotel through a side entrance. "It was a suicide attack. The suicide attacker and a guard were killed," Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao said. The suicide bombing occurred hours before a Republic Day function at the hotel hosted by India’s High Commission. The function, however, went ahead after the explosion.

January 22: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a military convoy near Mirali in North Waziristan, killing four security force personnel and a woman, and injuring 23 persons, including 20 soldiers. The incident occurred at the Khajori checkpoint, about two kilometers east of Mirali town, when a joint convoy of the army and paramilitary force was heading from the Bannu Garrison to Miranshah, administrative headquarters of North Waziristan.

January 16: Pakistan Army helicopter gun-ships attacked a suspected militant hideout in South Waziristan, killing at least 20 militants. Helicopter gun-ships targeted a cluster of compounds at Salamt village in the Zamzola area, 30km to the east of Razmak in South Waziristan. Officials said that the compounds situated in a desolate area were completely destroyed, killing most of the people inside.

January 15: A bomb exploded at an Afghan refugee camp in the Nowshera district of North West Frontier Province (NWFP), killing four people and injuring five others. Eyewitnesses and officials said that the explosion at around 11 p.m. blew up the house of a prayer leader, Maulvi Masoodullah, killing his brother Ismail and three guests.

January 6: Security forces (SFs) kill four insurgents, including 'commander' Dur Mohammed, and arrest seven others during a raid on a farrari (fugitive) camp in the Dera Bugti district of Balochistan.





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