It is difficult to appreciate the impact of IED attacks when faced with large numbers of incidents and casualties. It can be easier to understand the extent of such violence when a shorter time period is considered.
In a single week in March 2014, AOAV recorded 21 IED attacks globally. These attacks took place in eight countries, causing 215 civilian casualties. 90% of the casualties of the IED attacks which took place in populated areas were civilians. Seven of the attacks were suicide bombings. Significantly more civilians were casualties of IED attacks in the same period of 2014 relative to 2013.
Snapshot of an incident – 25 March
A suicide bomber kills six civilians at a traditional Buzkashi match, a sport in which horse-mounted players drag a goat carcass towards a goal, in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The bomb occurred in the Northern Kunduz province, a province which marks Afghan New Year, which falls next week, with an annual buzkashi festival.
23 civilians were injured.
The deadliest day – 27 March
The 27th of March 2014 was the deadliest day in this week’s data: AOAV recorded 26 civilian deaths and injury to 85 civilians in attacks on that day alone. Car bombs, roadside bombs, and non-specific IEDs were used in four different attacks in Iraq which resulted in civilian deaths. None of these incidents involved any suicide attack. Three further incidents also occurred in Iraq that day, but none resulted in civilian deaths.
The most lethal incident on the 27 March 2014 resulted in 40 civilian casualties. 12 were killed when a car bomb exploded in a commercial street in Baghdad, and 28 were injured.
Specific impact on children
On the 28 March an Afghan child was killed by a suicide bomber attack on the Roots of Peace landmine charity guesthouse. Gunmen subsequently stormed the charity’s office, leading to the deaths of one civilian and one armed actor. 4 civilians were injured, as were 4 armed actors.
A day later, on the 29 March, an eight year old girl was killed by an IED planted under a pushcart in Pakistan. 17 civilians, 8 of whom were children, were injured.
AOAV collects data on the global casualties of IED attacks and suicide bombings by monitoring English-language media reports. Civilians are overwhelmingly the victims of these attacks, which are repeated almost daily. Hundreds of civilians become casualties of IED attacks every single week. These attacks destroy infrastructure and kill and injure men, women and children. AOAV is working to count the true cost of these attacks and explore methods by which their horrific impacts can be mitigated.
Read more about AOAV’s work on suicide bombings and other improvised explosive devices here.
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