Explosive violence in Afghanistan

Suicide car bomb at wrestling match in Afghanistan’s Helmand kills 14

On Friday, March 23rd 2018, a suicide car bomb was driven into the crowds outside a sports stadium in Lashkar Gah, Helmand’s regional capital, leaving 14 dead and 42 wounded.

At the time of the attack, crowds had been attending a wrestling match taking place inside the Ghazi Muhammad Ayub Khan stadium.

The victims are said to all be civilians and include many children.

The attack occurred just days after a suicide car bomb targeted the New Year celebrations at a shrine in Kabul, which left over 80 killed and injured.

AOAV records casualties (i.e. people killed and injured) from explosive violence around the world as reported in English-language news sources.

Our latest data shows that in the first 11 months of 2017 there was a 42% increase in civilian deaths from explosive violence globally, compared to the same period in 2016. Afghanistan also saw a large increase in civilian deaths from explosive weapons, with a 74% rise compared to the previous year.

The majority (82%) of civilian casualties (deaths and injuries) were caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs). And in total, in the 11-month period, non-state use of explosive weapons in the country caused 88% of the total civilian casualties. Further, there was a 28% increase in civilian casualties caused by non-state use of explosive weapons, compared to the same period in 2016.

AOAV calls on all states to urgently address the threat of IED attacks. There is an urgent need for preventative measures to be implemented by States and the international community.