Explosive violence by the Myanmar military

Over the past decade (2014-2023), AOAV has recorded 724 incidents of explosive weapons use attributed to the Myanmar military junta, also known as the Tatmadaw. This junta is reportedly responsible for 3,111 civilian casualties (1,144 killed), and 669 armed actor casualties (329 killed). ​​
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The Tatmadaw is the military junta which ruled Myanmar from 1988 to 2011, and retained strong operational autonomy under the nominally civilian government which led the country from 2011 to 2021. In 2020, after the National League for Democracy (NLD) won an election by a strong majority, the Tatmadaw’s own political party demanded a rerun and called for military assistance. In 2021, the Tatmadaw imposed a state of emergency and arrested senior government officials. The ensuing civilian protests have escalated into a full-scale and very complex intrastate armed conflict. ​​
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Attacks attributed to the Myanmar armed forces have been recorded in Myanmar (3,078 civilian casualties), China (23), Bangladesh (7), India (2), and Thailand (1). ​​
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Ground-launched weapons account for 48% (1,478) of civilian casualties attributed to the military, and air-launched weapons for 45% (1,389). ​​
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The majority of civilian casualties were recorded in junta attacks on villages, which account for 60% (1,881) of civilian casualties. Other locations impacted by attacks attributed to the military include urban residential areas (287 civilian casualties), places of worship (251), public gatherings (193), encampments (159), and schools (81).