Timeline of deadliest insurgent attacks in Pakistan

By AFP
Published: February 17, 2017
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Pakistani devotees stand on the blood-stained floor a day after a bomb attack hit the 13th century Muslim Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province, some 200 kilometres northeast of the provincial capital Karachi, on February 17, 2017.  PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani devotees stand on the blood-stained floor a day after a bomb attack hit the 13th century Muslim Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province, some 200 kilometres northeast of the provincial capital Karachi, on February 17, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani devotees stand on the blood-stained floor a day after a bomb attack hit the 13th century Muslim Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province, some 200 kilometres northeast of the provincial capital Karachi, on February 17, 2017.  PHOTO: AFP

At least 70 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in Pakistan Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of devotees at a revered Sufi shrine in southern Sindh province.
Here is a list of major attacks by militant groups in the country since 2007:

October 18, 2007:
Bomb attacks targeting former premier Benazir Bhutto kill 139 people in Karachi as she returns to Pakistan for the first time in eight years. Bhutto herself dies in a gun and suicide attack on December 27.

2009 benazir bomb

August 21, 2008:
Twin suicide attacks kill 64 people outside Pakistan’s main arms factory at Wah near Islamabad.
September 20, 2008:

Sixty people are killed when a suicide truck bomb destroys part of the five-star Marriott hotel in Islamabad.

Marriott Blast

October 28, 2009:

A car bomb rips apart a market in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing 125 people.

Peshawar Blas

December 7-9, 2009:

At least 66 people die in four attacks at a market in Lahore, Pakistan’s second biggest city.

January 1, 2010:

A suicide car bomb kills 101 people at a village volleyball game in the northwestern district of Bannu.

May 28, 2010:

Gunmen and suicide bombers storm mosques belonging to the Ahmadi religious minority in Lahore, killing 82 people.

mosque blast

July 9, 2010:

A suicide bomber kills 105 people in a busy market in the northwestern tribal district of Mohmand.

September 3, 2010:

A suicide attack kills 59 at a Shia Muslim rally in Quetta.

November 5, 2010:

A suicide bomber kills 68 people during Friday prayers in the northwest’s Darra Adam Khel area.

Blast

April 3, 2011:

Fifty die after two suicide bombers attack a Sufi shrine in the central town of Dera Ghazi Khan.

 

May 13, 2011:

Two suicide bombers kill at least 98 people outside a police training centre in Charsadda.

 

January 10, 2013:

A double suicide attack on a snooker club kills 92 in a district of Quetta populated by Shia Hazaras.

February 16, 2013:

A bomb at a market in Hazara Town, a Shiite neighbourhood near Quetta, kills 89.

March 3, 2013:

A car bomb explodes in a Shia neighbourhood in Karachi, killing 45.

September 22, 2013:

Eighty-two people die when two suicide bombers attack a church in Peshawar after a Sunday service.

November 2, 2014:

Fifty-five people are killed by a suicide bomber at the main Pakistan-India border crossing.

December 16, 2014:

Taliban insurgents storm an army-run school in Peshawar, killing more than 150 people, most of them children.

January 30, 2015:

Sixty-one people are killed as a suicide bomber hits a Shia mosque in Shikarpur in southern Pakistan.

May 13, 2015:

The first attack officially claimed by the Islamic State group in Pakistan kills 45 Shia Muslims in Karachi.

March 27, 2016:

Seventy-five people are killed and hundreds injured in an explosion that targets Christians near a park in Lahore.

PAKISTAN-UNREST-EXPLOSION

August 8, 2016:

At least 73 people die and dozens are wounded when a blast tears through mourners at a hospital in Quetta.

 

October 25, 2016:

A brutal gun and suicide bomb assault on a police academy in southwestern Balochistan kills 61 people, the deadliest strike on a security installation in the country’s history, jointly claimed by the Islamic State group and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

November 12, 2016:

At least 52 pilgrims are killed, including many women and children, at a shrine in Balochistan.

February 16, 2017:

At least 70 people are killed when a bomb claimed by IS rips through a Sufi shrine in Sindh province, wounding more than 200.
The attack comes after a series of bloody extremist assaults in less than a week, most claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.

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