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20 killed by suicide bomber targeting anti-Taliban political party in Pakistan

On Tuesday, July 10th 2018, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives during a rally by an anti-Taliban political party in Peshawar, Pakistan. At least 20 were killed and 65 injured.

Some of the injured are in critical condition.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack targeting the party members. A candidate for the Awami National Party (ANP) was killed in the blast.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has been monitoring explosive violence harm across the globe since October 2010.

In Pakistan in 2017 the number of civilian casualties from explosive weapons increased by 51% compared to the previous year. Of those casualties, 58% were caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and 49% were caused by incidents involving suicide bombers.

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.