PESHAWAR, April 10: The residents of provincial capital see no letup in subversive activities as at least 47 persons were killed and 112 injured here only in the month of March during the current year in terrorism related incidents. On the other hand, 12 people including two policemen were killed and 17 injured in January, while in February 12 were killed and 11 injured. Most of the victims had fallen prey to terrorist acts in suburban areas of Peshawar.

The worst hit were the residents of Adezai where 45 people were killed in a suicide attack on a funeral and over 100 injured.

At least 11 incidents of terrorism took place in March wherein 11 houses, two power pylons, one CD shop, one mosque, one police post, two Nato oil tankers and three schools were blown up.

Similarly, in February two police posts, one grid station, 14 Nato oil tankers, two police vans, three schools, one school van and the house of a leader of Adezai Qaumi Lashkar came under attack.

The major incidents that occurred during the past three months include car bombing at Tela Band Road, Badhber, and suicide attack on a funeral in Adezai.

Four policemen including a DSP were killed and five injured in January and two policemen were killed in February in terrorism related activities.

The areas where militants showed their presence include Adezai, Teleband, Sulemankhel, Darwazgai, Badhber, Shaikhan, Batatal, Ghari Qamar Din, Pejagi Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Charkhana Road, Mathra, Bacha Ghari, Maryamzai, Kohat Road, Bara Qadeem, Matani, Hassan Ghari, Ring Road and Charsadda Road.

All these areas are located in the rural circle where police are yet to take effective measures for checking movement of suspected people. The localities are linked to tribal and semi-tribal areas and that is why militants can easily enter Peshawar through different link roads.

Despite tall claims by authorities, law enforcement agencies have so far failed to deploy sufficient personnel on the entry points to check movement of anti-state elements.

The ratio and fashion of these sabotage acts show that terrorists used to strike at every alternate day during the past three months without any check by law-enforcers.

These subversive acts caused huge losses of lives and properties but they did not get due attention of citizens and officials because the incidents occurred in rural areas and people did not make hue and cry to create problems for government.

Peshawar SSP Ijaz Ahmed claimed that security had been beefed up to check movement of terrorists. He hoped that wanted accused would soon be arrested.

He said that police had started round the clock patrolling and suspected vehicles and persons were thoroughly being checked at different places to put brakes on their movement in the settled areas of Peshawar.

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