Suicide attacks across Basra and Baghdad killed more than 50 and injured almost 30 more on Friday, May 19th 2017.
In Basra, at least 33 were killed in blasts that targeted two checkpoints, Rumeila and al-Sadra.
Two more attacks killed 19 and wounded 25 in Baghdad when a suicide car bomber detonated explosives at a checkpoint, whilst another detonated about 100 metres away.
Both attacks were claimed by Islamic State.
Last year, Iraq saw at least 6,359 civilian death and injuries from explosive violence reported in English-language media. Of these, 76% were caused by IEDs.
The numbers of civilians killed or injured by IEDs in Iraq increased by 19% despite the number of IED incidents decreasing (from 228 in 2015 to 207 in 2016).
The number of civilians killed and injured by suicide attacks increased by 121% in 2016, compared to the previous year.
Across the globe, AOAV recorded 12,673 deaths and injuries from 256 suicide bombings in 2016. Of these, 9,680 of those killed and injured were civilians (76%), representing a slight rise of 5% from 2015, or a 90% rise since 2011.
On average, 38 civilians were killed and injured by each suicide bombing – two more than in 2015, when the average was 36.
AOAV calls on states to urgently address the threat of suicide bombings and other forms of IED attacks. Reports by AOAV show the increasing threat of suicide bombings around the world. There is an urgent need for preventative measures to be implemented by States and the international community.
For more on counter-IED initiatives, please see here.
To read AOAV’s recent report, Understanding the rising cult of the suicide bomber, please see here.
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