Pakistan sees 22,000 killed this year
At least 22,128 people have reportedly been killed in terror-related incidents across Pakistan in the past six years, an official report reveals, Press TV reported.
According to a late Wednesday report, in the past six years, since Islamabad joined Washington in the so-called war on terror, 7004 civilians and 2637 security officials lost their lives, while 12487 terrorists were killed in security forces' retaliatory assaults, a Press TV correspondent reported.
In 2003, 189 people, including 140 civilians, were killed in suicide attacks. At least 24 security officials and 25 terrorists were killed in other terror-related incidents.
In 2009, 1780 citizen and 780 security officials have been killed, while the number of the terrorists claimed to be killed in counter-terrorism operations has reached to 5972.
The report further revealed that from January to November this year, 58 suicide attacks took place across the country, marking 2009 the deadliest year in Pakistan as it witnessed over 56 suicide attacks in 2007, four in 2006 and seven in 2005.
Most of the attacks happened in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and tribal areas while Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh had the second highest number of attacks.
In the latest act of violence, a landmine blast and a militant ambush in Pakistan killed 10 Pakistani troops in Mohmand tribal area near the Afghan border.
Eight soldiers were killed and two wounded in the town of Safi when their vehicle hit a landmine. In a separate incident in the same region, militants attacked an army convoy, killing two paramilitary personnel.