Explosive violence by Jamaat-ul Ahrar

Jamaat-ul Ahrar (JA) is a faction of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which operates with a high degree of autonomy. They split from the TTP in 2014, before re-aligning themselves in 2015, while maintaining their goal of establishing a global Islamic caliphate and obtaining Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. ​​
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Over the past decade (2014-2023), AOAV has recorded 13 incidents of explosive weapons use attributed to JA, all of which occurred in Pakistan. JA are the reported perpetrators of 1,058 civilian casualties (256 killed), and 30 armed actor casualties (29 killed). ​​
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IEDs account for 94% (992) of civilian casualties attributed to JA, in particular non-specific IEDs (843 civilian casualties), car bombs (112), and roadside bombs (37). Suicide bombings represent 69% (9) of JA attacks, and caused 97% (1,021) of civilian casualties. ​​
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The majority of civilian casualties were recorded in JA attacks on entertainment venues, which account for 39% (413) of civilian casualties. Other locations impacted by attacks attributed to JA are hospitals (190 civilian casualties), public buildings (182), place of worship (145), public gathering (91), and roads (37).