During all months of 2018 (except in July), the number of fatalities was significantly lower in comparison with the previous year. All forms of violence and counter-violence activities witnessed a significant decline in 2018. The drop in fatalities from suicide attacks was marginal during this year and it remained the biggest source of casualties in the country.
Civilians accounted for 53% of the total fatalities this year compared to 47% in 2017. Government and security officials saw a marginal decline in number, albeit an overall increase in the percentage of casualties. The largest drop in both numbers and percentage was for militants, criminals and insurgents (see Table 5 above).
 Please note that this data accounts for casualties until December 30, 2018, and therefore does not account for any incidents/casualties taking place on December 31, 2018.