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Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

Trends and patterns:

Over the recent five year period, 105,071 people (86,395 civilians and 18,676 armed actors) were recorded killed or wounded by IEDs.  The average IED incident caused 14 civilian deaths and injuries. In populated areas, this rose to 21.

Of major concern is that 92% of all IED deaths and injuries in populated areas were civilians. In lesser populated areas, this figure fell to 43%. It is worth noting that the civilian impact of such weapons in lesser-populated areas is higher than the equivalent figures for ground-launched weapons (38%) and air-launched weapons (19%).

In 2015, suicide bombings were recorded in 21 countries – the highest number ever recorded both by AOAV and other datasets. Indeed, 2015 saw a considerable uptick in the overall lethality of suicide bombings. This was in spite of similar incident numbers. Suicide strikes in 2015 resulted in an average of 36 civilian deaths and injuries per incident, markedly higher than the five-year average of 28.

Update 2016:

Between January and October there have been 15,179 deaths and injuries, of which 75% (11,287) were civilians.

The top 5 most impacted states according to civilian deaths and injuries were: Iraq (3,602); Syria (1,675); Afghanistan (1,464); Turkey (1,342); Pakistan (926).

When used in populated areas 88% of deaths and injuries were civilians.

In this period, IED were responsible for 48% of civilian deaths and injuries.

Suicide attacks account for 29% of IED attacks but for 67% of civilian deaths and injuries.

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When IEDs were use in populated areas in 2016 (Jan-Oct) 88% of deaths and injuries were civilians

The top 3 most impacted states in terms of civilian deaths and injuries were: #Iraq #Syria and #Afghanistan

In 2016 (Jan-Oct), IEDs were responsible for 48% of civilian deaths and injuries of explosive violence