PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has witnessed lowest number of terrorism incidents in 2016 as compared to last six years, a report has revealed.
During 2016, 238 incidents of terrorism took place, while 610 terrorism incidents were reported in 2014 and 297 in 2015.
181 people lost their lives in terror incidents in 2016. These incidents included attack on Bacha Khan University Charsadda, Nadra office and Kacheri in Mardan and attack on FC convoy in Peshawar. Police personnel showed extreme bravery by obstructing the suicide bombers and were martyred in the line of service.
Similarly, the incidents of kidnapping for ransom and extortion also showed a remarkable decrease as compared to last three years. 100 cases of extortion took place in 2016 as compared to 344 incidents in 2014 and 178 incidents in 2015. Likewise, 22 incidents of kidnapping for ransom took place in 2016 as compared to 110 and 53 incidents in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Besides, police action and operation Operation Zarb-e-Azb also played significant role in curbing the crime and terrorism in the province and FATA.
Keeping in view the Zarb-e-Azb operation, police high-ups underlined two major challenges for KP police which were nabbing the fleeing militants who had took shelter in settled area as a result of operation and to stop their further infiltration.
In this connection the KP Police responded very effectively and arrested 1,195 hardcore militants while 121 Proclaimed Offenders carrying head money were also arrested. 1,192 cases of terrorism were traced and challaned.