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Kabul blast leaves at least 150 dead and injured

On Monday, July 1st 2019, a complex attack involving a car bomb followed by a gun attack in Kabul’s diplomatic quarter left at least 39 dead and 116 wounded.

The car bomb occurred outside a government facility, near a war museum, television station and primary school, in Afghanistan’s capital. Though the Taliban claimed the attack, their spokesperson identified the target as the government facility. Nevertheless, the blast caused the partial collapse of a school building which resulted in many child casualties.

A spokesperson for the ministry of education said that at least 51 students were wounded.

Six security forces were among the dead and 20 were injured.

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

Last year, AOAV recorded a significant increase in casualties from explosive violence in Afghanistan. Civilian casualties increased by 37%; from 3,119 civilian casualties in 2017, to 4,260 in 2018.

However, whilst most (78%) of the civilian casualties in Afghanistan were caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) – and, notably, 61% (2,616) were from suicide attacks – ISIS were the main perpetrators.

Casualties from Taliban use of explosive actually decreased by 27%, though it is increasingly difficult to attribute responsibility. (There was a 37% increase in civilian casualties from incidents by non-state actors where the perpetrating group was unknown.)

So far this year, AOAV has recorded a decrease in explosive violence, with 1,327 civilian casualties recorded in the first half of 2019, compared to 2,002 in the same period last year – a decrease of 34%. Of the casualties in 2019, 867 were from IEDs, compared to 1,656 in the first half of 2018.

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.