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Suicide bombing in Pakistan kills 24

On October 5th 2017, a suicide bomber attacked a Sufi shrine packed with Shiite worshippers, killing 24. Of the injured, 20 were still receiving treatment on Saturday, October 7th, some with critical wounds.

The shrine targeted was in a remote area of Baluchistan province, in a town called Jhal Magsi.

Two police officers, five children and a woman were among those killed.

ISIS, who perceive Shiites as apostates, claimed responsibility for the attack through their media wing, the Amaq news agency.

ISIS are known to have carried out other attacks in the region. Recently, on August 12th, an ISIS suicide bomber killed and injured 40 in Baluchistan, when it hit a military truck near a busy bus station in Quetta.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has been monitoring explosive violence harm across the globe since October 2010. Between 2011-2016, Pakistan saw 23,531 deaths and injuries from explosive violence.

Last year, 77% of civilian casualties were caused by IEDs. And, 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%.

The number of civilians killed and injured by suicide attacks increased by 93%.

AOAV condemns the attack 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.