Major terrorist attacks in 2009 in Pakistan

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10 January: A fierce gunbattle between rival sects in Hangu continued on Saturday amid efforts to broker an early truce to stop bloodshed. Official sources said that 26 people, including the deputy chairman of the local chapter of the Ahli Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Mufti Rustam, had been killed and several others injured in the two-day fighting.

5 February: Up to 32 people were killed when a suspected suicide bombing ripped through a crowd of Shia worshippers outside a Dera Ghazi Khan mosque on Thursday. Police said the blast targeted dozens of people converging on the Al Hussainia Mosque after dark, shortly before a religious gathering.

11 February:- Awami National Party (ANP) provincial lawmaker Alam Zeb Khan was killed and eight people injured in a remote-controlled blast on Wednesday. The bomb had been fitted to a motorbike parked near the residence of the slain MPA on Dalazak Road in Peshawar. This was the sixth such attack on ANP in less than a year.

3 March:- A convoy carrying Sri Lankan cricketers and officials in two buses was fired upon by 12 gunmen, near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The cricketers were on their way to play the third day of the second Test against the Pakistani cricket team. Six members of the Sri Lankan cricket team were injured. Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed.

27 March:- 76 persons were killed and over 100 injured in an apparent suicide attack on a mosque at Peshawar-Torkham Highway in Jamrud, Khyber Agency during the Friday congregation. Intelligence sources, however, put the number of dead at 86 but officials of the political administration were conservative by putting the death toll at 50.

5 April: A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shia religious gathering in an Imambargah in Chakwal on Sunday, killing at least 22 people and wounding 60. The attacker struck at the gates of a Shia mosque where some 1,200 people were attending a religious gathering.

18 April: A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at a checkpoint in the northwestern Pakistani town of Hangu's Doaba area Saturday, killing at least 22 people, including five security personnel, and injuring another 15.

29 April: Targeted killings in Karachi claimed the lives of 34 people and wounded 40 in a matter of hours by unidentified gunmen in different parts of the city. In the month-long incidents of violence until 28 April the police record showed that 16 people had been shot dead and 54 wounded in different incidents of killings. The statistics further showed that of the total number of people, 43 people belonged to the Pakhtun community while seven happened to be Urdu-speaking people.

27 May: Suicide bombers detonated a vehicle loaded with 100 kilograms of explosives near offices of the capital city police officer (CCPO) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Lahore on Wednesday – killing at least 27 people and wounding 326, in addition to destroying a two-story building of the Rescue 15 police service. This was the second attack on ISI since the start of War on Terrorism.

5 June: At least 40 people were killed and another 70 injured during Friday prayers when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in Hayagai Sharqai village in Upper Dir District.

27 August: 22 Khasadars were killed when a suicide bomber struck a security post near Torkham, Khyber Agency along the Afghan border on Thursday evening. According to witnesses, the bomber blew himself up when the tribal policemen gathered at the checkpost and were about to break their fast.

18 September: At least 33 people were killed and 80 others injured when a bomber blew up an explosive-laden vehicle in a market on the Kohat-Hangu road on Friday. The blast was powerful enough to cause damage to all shops within a radius of 100 yards. The death toll later reached 40.

26 September: Two suicide attackers on Saturday separately rammed their explosives-laden vehicles into a police station in Bannu and a military-owned commercial bank in Peshawar cantonment, killing at least 23 people and injuring around another 200. At least 10 people were killed in the attack in Peshawar, while seven, including two policemen, were killed in the assault on the Bannu police station. Around 94 people were injured in Peshawar and 64, including 31 policemen, Bannu. The next day the death from two suicide bomb attacks rose to 27.

9 October: A suicide attack at Khyber Bazaar in Peshawar on Friday killed 55 people and injured more than 148. An official at the Lady Reading Hospital said four people had succumbed to their injuries at hospital. The blast occurred at 12:15pm after a white car rammed into a public transport bus, Cantt Superintendent of Police Nisar Marwat told reporters. He said the car was packed with 100 kg of explosives.

10–11 October: A total of 22 people including six soldiers, five SSG commandos, three hostages and eight gunmen were killed in an attack on Pakistan Army General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. This attack followed a series of bombings in the North-Western Pakistan, amid speculation that the army is to prepare another major operation in Waziristan against the Taliban.

12 October: At least 41 people including six soldiers were killed on Monday in a suicide attack on a military convoy in Alpuri area of Shangla District, an area thought to be under the control of Pakistan Army.

28 October: At least 118 people have been killed and over 200 injured by a car bomb in a market in Peshawar. The market mostly sold products for women and a large percentage of the dead, were confirmed to be women, reports say. The number of casualties are expected to rise in the local area.

2 November: At least 35 people were killed and 65 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a branch of the National Bank of Pakistan in Rawalpindi on Monday. Most of those who died in the attack were serving or retired civil and military employees, pensioners and elderly citizens who had queued for drawing salary and paying utility bills. The powerful explosion took place at 10.45am at the branch's parking zone located outside a four-star Shalimar Hotel off The Mall road and near the State Bank of Pakistan.

10 November: At least 34 people were killed and nearly 100 others injured when a powerful car bomb ripped through a crowded intersection in Charsadda bazaar on Tuesday afternoon. Scores of women and children died and dozens of shops and vehicles were damaged in the suspected suicide attack.

19 November: Peshawar went through yet another day of bloodbath when two strikes, within a space of 14 hours, left 22 people dead. The first target was the city's judicial complex, where a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a court building early in the morning, and the other came late in the night when a roadside bomb destroyed a police van.

4 December: At least 40 people were killed and over 86 injured when terrorists attacked a Friday congregation at the Parade Lane Askari mosque in Rawalpindi Cantonment. The high number of casualties was caused by hurling of grenades and indiscriminate targeted firing by the terrorists, reportedly numbering between six to eight individuals. Two of the terrorists blew themselves up while two others were gunned down by the security forces. The remaining terrorists escaped and took refuge in the vicinity.

7 December: Terrorists struck three provincial headquarters on Monday. The highest casualty rate was in Lahore when two powerful bomb blasts, 30 seconds apart, ripped through the busy Moon Market in Lahore's Allama Iqbal Town at 8:45pm in the night, claiming at least 70 lives and injuring many.

15 December: A bomb attack in a market in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan, in central Pakistan, has resulted in the deaths of at least 27 people. Another 50 were reported to have been injured from this bombing, which is now suspected by police to have been a car bomb. Many buildings are reported to have been badly damaged from this blast. Officials claim that a provincial official could have been the main target for this bombing, however he was not injured by this blast.

28 December:- At least 42 people were killed and 120 others injured when a bomber struck the Shiite procession on the M.A. Jinnah Road in Karachi near the Light House area. The blast took place inside a Shiite procession commemorating Ashura. Later enraged mourners went on a rampage following the attack, gutting shops and pelting stones at vehicles resulting in an estimated loss of Rs 30–35 billion, with more than 3,000 shops gutted in flames that were brought under control 24 hours after the rampage and 50 vehicles were burnt.

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