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Major militant attacks in Pakistan in recent years

Gunmen disguised as security forces kill
more than 130 children and nine staff
members at the Army Public School in

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Source: Associated Press

A standoff between security forces and
militants inside the compound of the Red
Mosque, or Lal Masjid, kills 102 people.

July 3-11

Suicide bombing aimed at Bhutto kills
about 150 people in Karachi during

Oct. 18

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and 20
other people are killed in a suicide bombing
and shooting attack in Rawalpindi.

Dec. 27


Suicide bombers blow themselves up at two
gates of a weapons factory in the town of Wah,
killing at least 67 people.

Aug. 21

A suicide bomber devastates the Marriott Hotel
in Islamabad with a truck full of explosives,
killing at least 54.

Sept. 20


A suicide car bomber targets police and
intelligence offices in Lahore, killing
about 30.

May 27

Gunmen attack the Sri Lankan national cricket
team in Lahore, wounding several of the
players and killing six policemen and a driver.

March 3

Two militant squads armed with hand
grenades, suicide vests and assault rifles
attack two mosques of the Ahmadi minority
sect in Lahore, killing 97.

March 27

A suicide car bomber hits a busy market area
in Peshawar, killing 53.

Oct. 9

Two bombs kill 48 at a market in Lahore,
while a suicide bomber kills 10 people
outside a Peshawar courthouse.

Dec. 7

Bomb blast kills at least 44 at a Shiite
procession in the southern city of Karachi.

Dec. 28



Taliban militants shoot and kill 15
Pakistani frontier police officers after
holding them hostage for more than a

Jan. 5

A Taliban suicide bomber strikes a Shiite
Muslim procession in the city of Rawalpindi,
near Pakistan's capital of Islamabad, killing
23 people.


Nov. 22

Two Taliban suicide bombers attack
paramilitary police recruits in Shabqadar,
killing 80, in retaliation for the killing
of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

May 13

Pakistani commandos recapture a major
naval base from Taliban attackers. Militants
destroy two U.S.-supplied surveillance
aircraft and kill at least 10 personnel.

May 23

Militants kill at least 26 Shiites on a bus
near Quetta.

Sept. 20

A suicide bomber drives a truckload of
explosives into a volleyball field in Lakki
Marwat district in the northwest, killing at least
97 people.

Jan. 1

March 13

Two suicide bombers targeting army vehicles
in Lahore kill more than 55 people.

Two militant squads armed with hand
grenades, suicide vests and assault rifles
attack two mosques of the Ahmadi minority
sect in Lahore, killing 97.

May 29

Suicide bombers attack Pakistan's most
revered Sufi shrine in the eastern city of
Lahore, killing 47 people.

July 2

Two suicide bombers kill 102 people in the
Mohmand tribal region.

July 9

A triple Taliban suicide attack on a Shiite
Muslim procession kills 65 in Quetta.

Sept. 1

A suicide bomber strikes a Sunni mosque in
Darra Adam Khel in northwestern Pakistan,
killing at least 67 during Friday prayers.


Nov. 5

Bombing in Shiite area of southern city of
Quetta kills 81 people, wounds 120.

Jan. 10

Explosion in Karachi kills 45 Shiites outside a

March 3

Ten foreign climbers are killed by Pakistani
militants on Nanga Parbat, the ninth-highest
mountain in the world.

June 22

Heavily armed Taliban fighters blast their way
into a Pakistani air force base, leaving two
security officers and nine insurgents dead.

Aug. 17

A twin suicide bomb blast in a Peshawar
church kills at least 85 people.

Sept. 22


A suicide bomber in the country's southwest
kills at least 23 Shiite pilgrims returning from

June 8

Ten gunmen disguised as police guards attack
a terminal at Karachi International, Pakistan's
busiest airport, with machine guns and a
rocket launcher, killing 13 people during a
five-hour siege.

June 9

Taliban suicide bomber kills 60 in attack on a
paramilitary checkpoint close to the Wagah
border crossing between Pakistan and India.

Nov. 2

Dec. 16