J&K Reported 121% Rise in ‘Explosions’ In 2016

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir witnessed an increase in number of bombings in 2016. In a report published by Scroll.in, J&K reported huge number of explosions particularly after popular Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani, was killed on July 8 that year.

The report quoting National Bomb Data Centre of the National Security Guard said that the maximum number of bombings in the world in 2016 was recorded in India – 406 of them.

Of these, 337 were triggered using improvised explosive devices and the rest were carried out through grenades or ammunition shells, the report said.

Iraq was second on the list, with 221 blasts, and Pakistan reported 161 such incidents in 2016. As many as 132 bombings were recorded in Afghanistan, 92 in Turkey, 71 in Thailand, 56 in Syria and 29 in Bangladesh.

The maximum number of incidents in a month – 42 – was reported in March.

The data centre said the information was compiled using available police records and it “does not reflect the exact number and details of the incident”.

At least 55% of those affected by the bombings in Jammu and Kashmir were security forces, 41% of them were civilians and 4% were VIPs.

Areas where Maoists groups are involved in violence faced a 21% increase in bomb blasts in 2016 as against the previous year, the report said, according to The Indian Express. Casualties in such incidents went up by almost 60%, the report added.

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