Explosive violence in Pakistan

Truck bomb leaves many wounded in Lahore, Pakistan

Yesterday, on 7th August 2017, a truck blast killed one and injured at least 46 others in Lahore, Pakistan.

The bomb blast originated from a fruit truck packed with explosives. The explosion was said to be so strong that it could be heard over four kilometres away. More than 100 vehicles were damaged in the explosion.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Only two weeks ago, a suicide attack killed at least 26 and injured over 50 more in Lahore. This attack was claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has been monitoring explosive violence harm across the globe since 2011. Between 2011-2016, Pakistan has seen 23,531 deaths and injuries from explosive violence.

Last year, Pakistan saw over 2,000 deaths and injuries from explosive violence. 77% of civilian casualties were caused by IEDs.

Despite the number of IED incidents decreasing in 2016 compared to the previous year (from 95 in 2015 to 86 in 2016), the numbers of civilians killed or injured by IEDs increased by 19%.

AOAV condemns the attacks in Pakistan, and calls for states and international organisations to work collaboratively to generate greater awareness of the number of civilians killed and injured each year by IEDs, and encourage a greater stigma from political, religious and social leaders on the use of IEDs. 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 regional and transnational networks that facilitate IED use, please see here