Explosive violence in Sri Lanka

AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor, launched in October 2010, uses English-language media reports to capture information on the harm caused by explosive weapons around the world. This data is used by international organisations, researchers, journalists and advocacy groups to campaign for reduced civilian harm as a result of explosive violence.

Over the past decade (2014-2023), AOAV has recorded 9 incidents of explosive violence in Sri Lanka, resulting in 802 casualties, of which 97% (779) were reported as civilians. Civilian casualties include at least 47 children and 2 women. Of the civilian casualties, 33% (257) were reported as killed.

The three most affected regions in terms of civilian harm as a result of explosive violence over the past decade are Western and Eastern (753 civilian casualties), UVA (7), and Central (5).

IEDs were the deadliest form of weapon, accounting for 22% (2) of all incidents recorded between 2014-2023, 97% of total civilian casualties (754), and 98% (253) of all civilians killed within the decade.

The majority of harm from explosive weapons use in Sri Lanka over the past decade was reportedly perpetrated by non-state actors, who account for 67% (6) of all incidents and caused 99% (769) of all civilian casualties, as well as 100% (256) of all civilians killed.