77 cops people killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in terrorist attacks last year

During the past year, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has seen a rise in terror attacks generally, with up to 20 target killing occurrences per each reported in Peshawar and Bannu area. This excludes additional terrorist assaults on law enforcement, military personnel, and civilians. 

“Over the course of the past year, the Counter-Terrorism Department filed 77 target killing cases. These include the instances where automatic guns or pistols were primarily used to target officers, a source told The News.

This was the highest incidents of target killing in the last many years. All kind of terrorist incidents had dropped significantly after 2014 but accelerated again for over a year. “Peshawar and Bannu ranges top the list where 20 each incidents were reported in the last one year in which policemen and some other individuals fell victims to targeted attacks. As many as 15 such incidents were reported in Dera Ismail Khan Range, 11 in Mardan, eight in Malakand and three in Kohat regions,” the source told The News.

No target killing incident was reported in Hazara division during the last one year. Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan regions in southern KP were the worst hit in the recent wave of terrorism where the police and security forces remained the prime target of the attacks.

Since the law and order has taken an ugly turn over the last many months, North Waziristan and South Waziristan, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan districts of the DIK and Bannu divisions have witnessed the highest number of terrorist attacks, including bomb blasts, grenade and automatic weapons attacks on police stations, posts and convoys of security forces. Attacks have also increased in Peshawar, Khyber as well as a few districts of Malakand, Mardan and Kohat division. In the last many months, most of the attacks were carried out on the police stations, posts and vehicles of police or law enforcement agencies.

In recent weeks, attacks on police and security officials have been occurring practically daily in Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, and Bannu. In order to obtain support for the law enforcement forces fighting the criminals, the police lately began engaging residents of southern districts and other terrorist-affected communities. “The district police officials in Lakki Marwat and Bannu recently met with the elders for the first time. In the upcoming weeks, we will streamline the procedure down to the SHO level to ensure that the public will support the police and troops in the event of an assault. After an uptick in police assaults, he said, the populace teamed up with the officers to combat the attackers in Lakki Marwat and other Khyber Pakhtunkhwa areas.

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