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Timeline of Deadliest Terrorist Attacks in Pakistan


At least 60 people were killed and dozens more wounded when Islamist militants wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police academy near Quetta in the troubled southwestern province of Balochistan overnight.

Here is a list of major attacks by militant groups in the country since 2007:

2007

October 18: Bomb attacks targeting former premier Benazir Bhutto kill 139 people in Karachi as she returns to Pakistan for the first time in eight years. Bhutto herself dies in a gun and suicide attack on December 27.

2008

August 21: Twin suicide attacks kill 64 people outside Pakistan’s main arms factory at Wah near Islamabad.

September 20: Sixty people are killed when a suicide truck bomb destroys part of the five-star Marriott hotel in Islamabad.

2009

October 28: A car bomb rips apart a market in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing 125 people.

December 7-9: At least 66 people die in four attacks at a market in Lahore, Pakistan’s second biggest city.

2010

January 1: A suicide car bomb kills 101 people at a village volleyball game in the northwestern district of Bannu.

May 28: Gunmen and suicide bombers storm mosques belonging to the Ahmadi religious minority in Lahore, killing 82 people.

July 9: A suicide bomber kills 105 people in a busy market in the northwestern tribal district of Mohmand.

September 3: A suicide attack kills 59 at a Shiite Muslim rally in Quetta.

November 5: A suicide bomber kills 68 people during Friday prayers in the northwest’s Darra Adam Khel area.

2011

April 3: Fifty die after two suicide bombers attack a Sufi shrine in the central town of Dera Ghazi Khan.

May 13: Two suicide bombers kill at least 98 people outside a police training centre in Charsadda.

2013

January 10: A double suicide attack on a snooker club kills 92 in a district of Quetta populated by Shiite Hazaras.

February 16: A bomb at a market at Hazara Town, a Shiite neighbourhood near Quetta, kills 89.

March 3: A car bomb explodes in a Shiite neighbourhood in Karachi, killing 45.

September 22: Eighty-two people die when two suicide bombers attack a church in Peshawar after a Sunday service.

2014

November 2: Fifty-five people are killed by a suicide bomber at the main Pakistan-India border crossing.

December 16: Taliban insurgents storm an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 154 people, most of them children.

2015

January 30: Sixty-one people are killed as a suicide bomber hits a Shiite mosque in Shikarpur in southern Pakistan.

May 13: The first attack officially claimed by the Islamic State group in Pakistan kills 45 Shiite Muslims in Karachi.

2016

March 27: Seventy-five people are killed and hundreds injured in an explosion that targets Christians near a park in Lahore.

August 8: At least 73 people die and dozens are wounded when a blast tears through mourners at a hospital in Quetta.

September 17: A Taliban suicide bomber kills at least 36 people as they attend Friday prayers at a mosque in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area.

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