Quetta blast – third deadliest terror attack in Pakistan this year
Though the terror attacks saw perceptible decline in Balochistan and other parts of the country in last couple of years after military launched offensive to wipe out the terrorists.
Pakistan Army launched operation “Zarb-e-Azb” in June 2014 in a bid to wipe out militant bases in the North Waziristan tribal area and so bring an end to the bloody decade-long insurgency that has cost Pakistan thousands of lives.
The army intensified its offensive after last year’s Peshawar school attack which killed 151 since when there has been a lull in violence.
In 2015, overall levels of violence had dropped dramatically this year, with the fewest deaths among civilian and security forces since 2007 — the year the Pakistani Taliban umbrella group was formed.
The Quetta blast Civil Hospital is third major terror strike of this year.
Let’s take a look at major attacks by militant groups this year so far in Pakistan.
Gunmen wreak havoc on Charsadda university
On January 20, Taliban gunmen attack a university in Charsadda, killing at least 21.
Deadly explosion in Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park
At least 74 people lost their lives and hundreds injured in an explosion near a park in Lahore on March 27.
Quetta bleeds again
At least 48 people were killed today (August 8) after a bomb ripped through a major hospital in Quetta.
Many of the dead were lawyers and journalists who had earlier gathered to cover a protest over the murder of Balochistan Bar Association president Bilal Anwar Kasi.