India has major rebel activity in its northwest (Islamic radicals
trying to tear Kashmir from Indian control) and northeast (tribal separatists),
as well as throughout eastern India. But this year, violence was generally down
in all areas. The northwest had 1,442 violent incidents in the last year, down
17 percent from the previous year. The northeast had 1,106 violent incidents in
the last year, down only one† percent from the previous year. But in the
northeast, there was more progress in working out permanent peace deals. There
was also a sharper decline in rebel related fatalities in the northeast, with
371 dead last year, a decline of† 33 percent from the previous year.
battle against Maoist rebels in eastern India also saw a six percent decline in
violent incidents. There were 1,233 such incidents in the past year.
Fatalities, however, were up four percent, to 589.†
border police intercepted three men trying to sneak across from Pakistan. One
was killed, and found to be carrying 22 pounds of heroin. Documents indicated
the drugs came from a processing operation on the Afghan border.†
5, 2006: In northwest Pakistan, a member of a Pakistani intelligence agency was
caught trying to plant a bomb outside the office of the chief minister of the
province (which is run by Islamic conservatives). Federal officials soon came
to get the bomber out of jail, and the provincial government protested.†
4, 2006: Indian police have captured documents indicating that Maoist rebels
are increasingly concerned about disloyalty within their ranks, and the
presence of police informers.†
3, 2006: In northwest Pakistan, an Islamic terrorist traveling in a taxi, was
stopped at an army check point. After throwing a grenade at the soldiers, the
terrorist was shot dead. One soldier died and another was wounded.
2, 2006: In eastern India, a Maoist mine destroyed a police trucks and killed
1, 2006: In Pakistan, police arrested 1,138 Afghan refugees last month,
accusing of them of criminal and terror related activities. While most Afghan
refugees have returned home in the last five years, several hundred thousand
refuse to leave, because they have established themselves economically in
Pakistan. Some of that economic activity is criminal (smuggling, kidnapping) or
29, 2006:† The rail line from Pakistan to Iran was cut by an explosion.
Tribal rebels were suspected of that, as well as firing two rockets at an army