Today, June 30th 2016, two suicide car bombers attacked an Afghan police convoy in Paghamn district, 20 kilometres outside Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. The attack, claimed by the Taliban, is said to have killed at least 30 and wounded a further 50.
The buses were carrying recent police graduates who were heading to the capital on leave. The first suicide attacker hit the buses and as people ran to the scene to try to help the second bomber launched their attack, hitting a third bus.
The attack comes just ten days after a similar incident by the Taliban in which 14 Nepalese security guards were killed as a suicide bomber struck the minibus they were on in Kabul.
AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor 2015 found that 70% (1,906) of deaths and injuries from explosive violence in Afghanistan last year were caused by IEDs.
Of the IED attacks recorded in Afghanistan in 2015 41% were suicide attacks. However, these suicide attacks accounted for 64% of the deaths and injuries from all IED attacks in the country. Our wider overview of explosive violence attacks in Afghanistan can be read here.
AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor 2015 found that suicide attacks were the most dangerous form of IED attack worldwide.
AOAV strongly condemns the use of violence against civilians and calls upon all groups to reject the deliberate targeting of civilians. States must urgently address the threat of suicide bombings and other forms of IED attacks. Reports by AOAV show the increasing use and harm of suicide bombings around the world. It is a growing reality that highlights the need for urgent preventative measures that all States should establish – such as stockpile controls – to limit groups’ ability to produce these and other IEDs.
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