On July 18th 2019, car bombs were detonated outside a police headquarters in Kandahar, Afghanistan, leaving at least 12 killed and 89 injured. After the blasts, Taliban fighters opened fire on security forces.
Both police and civilians were reported among the casualties. Though most were said to be civilians. Among the dead were nine civilians and three police officers.
The Taliban claimed the attack.
AOAV records casualties (i.e. people killed and injured) from explosive violence around the world as reported in English-language news sources.
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.
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