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15 killed in suicide attack at polling station in Kabul

On October 20th 2018, as people across Afghanistan went to vote, a suicide attack targeted voters at a polling station in northern Kabul. The attack left at least 15 dead and 60 wounded.

Eight of those killed were police who had stopped the attacker at the checkpoint where he detonated his explosives.

The bombing was one in a series of attacks across the country targeting voters and other election related activity throughout the day. The weeks prior to the election had also been marred by violence.

On October 2nd 2018, a suicide attack on an election rally in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province left at least 14 killed and wounded 42. On October 13th 2018, a bomb was detonated targeting an election rally in north-eastern Afghanistan. At least 22 were killed and 32 were wounded in the attack. Further violence took place on the day of the election across the country.

In the first half of 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 2,002 civilian casualties from explosive violence in Afghanistan, compared to the 1,581 civilian casualties recorded in the same period last year – an increase of 27%.

From January to the end of June 2018, the main cause of civilian casualties from explosive violence in Afghanistan continues to be improvised explosive devices (IEDs), responsible for 83% of all civilian casualties.

With civilian casualties from IEDs increasing year-on-year in Afghanistan since 2013, 2017 saw a rise of 40% compared to the previous year. And, for the first time in AOAV’s recording, Afghanistan was the country worst impacted by IEDs – a spot claimed by Iraq for the previous six years.

With civilian casualties already set to be higher this year in Afghanistan, the level of IED harm should be of considerable concern.

AOAV 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.