Deadly suicide bombings declining in Pakistan: Report

Published: June 13, 2012

The year 2011 saw 44 suicide bombings, while the current year has seen 16 bombings as yet.

The trend of deadly suicide bombings in Pakistan took its toll in the year 2009 with 90 incidents, but subsequently declined in the following years, according to an analysis by Pakistan Body Count. The year 2011 saw 44 suicide bombings, while the current year has seen 16 bombings as yet.

Pakistan Body Count, which is only available online, maintains a history and timeline of suicide bombings and drone attacks in the country, with data collected from media reports, hospitals and the internet.

According to the data, the year 2009 which saw the most suicide bombings had 1,090 people killed and 3,462 injured.

The highest number of people killed was 1,153 in the year 2010 of 58 suicide bombings.

In 2011, around 625 people lost their lives while 1,386 got injured, and in the current year, 119 have been killed and 254 injured as yet.

Suicide bombings in the country have killed a total number of 5,205 people and injured 13,618, according to the website.

The data of suicide attacks, deaths and injuries from 2002-2011 is represented as follows:

 

Year

Suicide attacks

Killed

Injured

2002

2

27

91

2003

2

65

115

2004

8

82

399

2005

4

83

230

2006

9

161

230

2007

57

842

2,008

2008

61

940

2,426

2009

90

1,090

3,462

2010

58

1,153

2,954

2011

44

625

1,386

 

Correction: In an earlier version of the story, suicide attacks was mistakenly written as drone attacks at two instances. The error is regretted.

Reader Comments (16)

  • Raj - USA
    Jun 13, 2012 - 10:26PM

    The data proves that as the number of Drone strikes increase, the incidences of suicide attacks decrease significantly. With the increase in the number of Drone strikes, suicide attacks dropped from 90 in year 2009 to 58 in year 2010 to 44 in year 2011. Imran Khan and others like him are wrong.

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  • Jun 13, 2012 - 10:40PM

    Good analysis Raj

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  • Proud Pakistani
    Jun 13, 2012 - 10:54PM

    There were ZERO attacks before Pakistan joined this American War.

    < Pakistan needs to be NEUTRAL. America vs Ta-liban war is NOT our business.

    American Slavery has brought Pakistan nothing but misery and 6000 Pakistani soldiers died for America’s War aims in the region.Recommend

  • Salman
    Jun 13, 2012 - 11:15PM

    After Pakistan’s Army Swat and South Waziristan operation, suicide attacks have gone down. Most of the jihadi terrorist training camps in those regions have been cleaned up which were actual suicide bombing ready made factories. Nothing to do with drone strikes, they were conducted during Musharaf’s tenure as well.

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  • Pungi
    Jun 14, 2012 - 12:06AM

    @Raj – USA… Would you plz like to mention how many suicide attacks were carried out after Pakistan blocked NATO supplies?? & do compare it with the time when Pakistan was actively supporting US war on terror i;e in 2008,09,10..

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  • Dr. Syed R. Ali
    Jun 14, 2012 - 1:25AM

    @Raj – USA: What planet do you live on? The data is showing that suicide bombing goes up with the increase in drone strikes. Otherwise where was suicide bombing before 2000?

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  • Mo K
    Jun 14, 2012 - 2:00AM

    The number of lawn exhibitions held every year has been rising steadily for the last 5 years thus proving that as drones strikes increase, the women of Pakistan have more lawn options to choose from. Apples and oranges, Raj. Let’s not be naive.

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  • Pak Defender
    Jun 14, 2012 - 2:05AM

    Kick All Agents there will be 0% bombing..

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  • Haris
    Jun 14, 2012 - 2:42AM

    Agree with Raj and salman. I mran khan’s logic had to prove wrong becaue it was not based on reality. He wants to use the FATA situatio for his political/election gain. He says suicide bombing is a reaction of drones. This is illogical because drones are fired by US while suicide bombs target innocent people, shrines, jirgas of tirbes, mosques, politicians and their childre, tombs, and govt emplyees. Mr khan terms taliban as a genuine popular movement, but the fact is that theyneither have the ethics of islam nor that of pakhtunwali.

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  • Truthbetold
    Jun 14, 2012 - 2:58AM

    This is data for just the suicide attacks. How about the “non-suicide” bomb and gun attacks? For those dead or injured it makes no difference if the perpetrator is a suicide or a non-suicide killer.

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  • Californian
    Jun 14, 2012 - 4:03AM

    Good news. Now we can all sleep peacefully. Thank you drones.

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  • curious
    Jun 14, 2012 - 5:25AM

    I hope suicide attacks and drone bombings continue to decline, decline, decline over time. Although both tactics are very bad, suicide bombers need to be vigilantly found out, who trains them and arrested if they can be before they do these deadly attacks. Its like treason, killing your own countrymen. Terrible act indeed.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jun 14, 2012 - 6:00AM

    @Dr. Syed R. Ali:
    Drone strikes are increasing, right? This is the complaint of Pakistan. Now, read the title of this ET news item. It says: “Deadly suicide bombings declining in Pakistan: Report:”

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  • faraz
    Jun 14, 2012 - 6:06AM

    @Proud Pakistani

    But Taliban are sitting in FATA and Balochistan. To remain neutral, we will have to kick them out of our territory

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  • Dr.A.Tewari
    Jun 14, 2012 - 8:24AM

    Support for Drone strikes seems to be increasing in Pakistan which is a good sign . Now govt. should open the supply route despite of popular opposition to it . The war against terrorism is in the interest of both India and Pakistan and rest of the world .Those who created them in the past are now determind to eliminate them and we should support their efforts .

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  • Jun 15, 2012 - 5:33AM

    @Pungi:
    @Dr. Syed R. Ali:
    @Proud Pakistani:

    There were a good number of bomb attacks and massacres in Pakistan pre-2001 and untrue to claim otherwise. Just not as ‘suicide bombing’ (a tactic made popular by Al Qaeda in Iraq in 2003) or as frequent since the militants weren’t challenged. It spiralled out of control post Lal Masjid in 2007, and has little to do with closing the NATO routes as some conspiracists ridiculously suggest.

    http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/pakistan/database/majorinc2004.htm

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