Major terrorist attacks in 2008 in Pakistan

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10 January: 24 people were killed and 73 injured in a suicide attack when the policemen were deliberately targeted outside Lahore High Court before the scheduled lawyer's protest against the government in provincial capital of Lahore. This attack was first of its kind in Lahore since the start of War on Terrorism.

9 February: At least 25 people died and 35 were injured after a powerful explosion hit an opposition election rally in Charsadda in the north-western Pakistan. The attack targeted ANP, a secular party, one of whose leaders, Fazal-ur-Rehman Atakhail, was assassinated 7 February in Karachi triggering widespread protests. Possible conspirators of the latest attack could be the Islamist Taliban-al-Qaeda nexus operating in the northwestern Pakistan.

16 February: A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle on the election meeting of Pakistan Peoples Party, the party of the slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Parachinar, Kurram Agency in northwestern Pakistan. The attack left at least 47 people dead and 150 injured according to Interior Ministry of Pakistan. It was the fourth such attack on PPP's political workers within a year; two of them targeting the former PPP leader Benazir Bhutto.

18 February: At least 24 people were killed and nearly 200 were injured in election-related violence across the country on the eve of Pakistani general election, Aaj TV reported.

29 February: As many as 38 people were killed and 75 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Mingora, Swat District on Friday during the funeral of a senior police officer who had been killed hours earlier in Lakki Marwat in southern part of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

2 March:- At least 42 people were killed and 58 injured in a suicide attack, when the bomber struck the meeting of tribal elders and local officials in the town of Darra Adam Khel, a few miles south of Peshawar. The town of Darra was the center of violent clashes earlier in January when the militants took over the Kohat Tunnel that connected Peshawar with Kohat. After the onslaught of security forces to take back the tunnel, the fighting resulted in the deaths of 13 troops and 70 militants.

11 March: At least 24 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in twin suicide bombings in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore. One of the attacks ripped apart Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) building killing 21, including 16 policemen. The other one hit the posh locality of Model Town, exploding close to Bilawal House, associated with PPP leaders Benazir Bhutto and her husband Asif Ali Zardari.

31 July – 4 August: A total of 136 people were killed in Swat Valley in a week of fighting between the security forces and pro-Taliban militants. The casualties included at least 94 militants, 14 soldiers and around 28 civilians.

7 August – 18 August: Clashes mainly between the Toori and Bangash tribes, but which involved other local tribes, in the Kurram Agency left at least 287 people dead and 373 injured in 12 consecutive days of fighting. In the later incidents, pro-Taliban militants were involved too, after which the local tribesmen asked the government to flush out the militants.

19 August: 32 people, seven policemen and two health officials among them, were killed and 55 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the emergency ward of the District Headquarters Hospital in Dera Ismail Khan. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.

21 August: At least 70 people were killed and 67 others injured when two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the gates of the state run Pakistan Ordnance Factories, Wah Cantonment. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack. This attack was the fourteenth such attack on the symbol of Pakistan Army since the start of military operations in 2004.

6 September: At least 30 people were killed and 70 injured when a suicide car bomb struck a paramilitary checkpoint 20 km from Peshawar. The attack came during the voting to elect Asif Ali Zardari as the President of Pakistan and the marking of Defence Day.

10 September: At least 25 worshippers were killed and 50 others injured in a grenade-and-gun attack in a mosque in the Maskanai area of Lower Dir District, northern part of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

20 September: A massive truck bomb exploded outside the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, killing at 57 people and wounding 266 others. The suicide attack believed to be carried by a single individual left a 20 feet (6.1 m) deep and 50 feet (15 m) wide crater, and was later owned by a little known group called Fidayeen-e-Islam. It was carried at local Iftar time, when the local and foreign residents had assembled together to have the Ramadan feast. The attack was significant as all the top political, diplomatic and military top brass was also dining in the nearby Prime Ministers Secretariat after the President's first parliamentary address.

10 October: A suicide bomber drove his car into a meeting of 600 people in Orakzai Agency, which was being held in open ground and blew himself up. The meeting was a council of local leaders discussing to raise a militia to evict Taliban from the region. The attack claimed at least 110 lives and injured more than 200.

19 November:- A former head of the army's elite commando force Special Service Group, Maj-Gen (R) Ameer Faisal Alavi, and his driver were gunned down near Islamabad on Wednesday morning. Alvi, who commanded the SSG during the first major assault on militants in Angoor Ada in South Waziristan in 2004, was killed near his home while driving to work on Islamabad Highway near the PWD Housing Society in the Koral police precinct. This attack was the fifteenth such attack on the army outside war zone, and the sixth one in the vicinity of Rawalpindi, the site of Army GHQ.

5 December: At least 27 people were killed and dozens more wounded when two bombs exploded in crowded markets in northwest Pakistan. A blast in the heart of Peshwar killed 21 and created a 5-foot-deep (1.5 m) crater. Just hours earlier six people died in a car bomb explosion at a market in the semi-autonomous Orakzai tribal district. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the two attacks.

28 December: At least 36 people were killed in a suspected car bomb attack near a polling station in a government school in Buner District on Sunday. 16 people were injured in the blast believed to have been carried out to disrupt the by-election for a National Assembly seat.

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