Amid pressure from neighbours in the region over curbing terror on their soil, Pakistan on Monday night witnessed yet another terror attack. Militants attacked a police training Centre in Quetta as 60 policemen were killed. Attackers reportedly entered the hostels of the training centre from the front gate and opened fire, possibly also taking some police personnel hostage and injuring 118 cadets. Media reports suggest that over 50 have been wounded in the attacks, with three in critical condition. Three of the militants were also killed in what was the seventh major attack in Pakistan this year.
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Here is a timeline of terror attacks that have taken place in Pakistan in 2016:
1. January 13, Quetta suicide bombing: At least 15 people killed and over 10 others injured as a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up outside a polio vaccination centre in Balochistan’s capital Quetta.
2. January 20, Bacha Khan University attacks: A group of militants storm Bacha Khan University in volatile northwestern Pakistan killing at least 25 people and wounding 60. Tehreek-e-Taliban take responsibility for the attacks.
3. March 16, Peshawar bus bombing: At least 16 Pakistani government employees killed and over 30 others injured after a powerful bomb ripped through a bus ferrying them to work in Peshawar, an attack Taliban said was to avenge death sentences confirmed against 13 militants a day earlier.
4. March 27, Lahore suicide attack: At least 72 people, mostly women and children, at a park in Lahore on Sunday in a suicide attack claimed by a Pakistani Taliban faction which targeted Christians. More than 300 other people also wounded.
5. August 8, Quetta Government Hospital attacks: Suicide bomber strikes 200 lawyers who had gathered outside the emergency ward of civil hospital in Quetta after a senior lawyer was shot dead, killing at least 70 people, including 40 lawyers. Taliban’s Jamaatul Ahrar faction and Islamic State extremists claimed responsibility for the attack.
6. September 16, Mohmand Agency mosque suicide attack: At least 28 people killed and 31 injured in a suspected suicide blast inside a local mosque in Mohmand Agency during Friday prayers. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attack.