Islamabad: Around 2, 488 terrorist attacks in Pakistan and PoK have killed 3, 169 people injuring 6, 540 during the past three years.

In a written reply to a question in the Upper House of the Parliament, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that 1,579 people were killed in 2008-09 while another 1,590 lost their lives in 2009-10.

There were 1,157 acts of terrorism during 2008-09 and 1,331 incidents of terror during 2009-10. The rest of the incidents occurred this year.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province bore the brunt of suicide attacks, which killed 1,524 people in the region. Punjab recorded 605 deaths, Sindh 134, Islamabad 125 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 11.

Malik said 360 people allegedly involved in bomb attacks were arrested since 2008.

A total of 222 of these suspects were acquitted by courts, including 172 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 36 in Punjab and 14 in Islamabad.

In response to another question, Malik said the government had banned four groups including Lashkar-e-Islam, Ansar-ul-Islam, the Haji Namdar group and Tehrik-e-Taliban Punjab in June and August 2008.