AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor

AOAV’s monitoring project, launched in October 2010, uses English-language media reports to capture information on who has been killed and injured by incidents of explosive violence.  We have over 11 years of explosive violence data recorded and analysed.

See our weekly explosive violence monitor here.

In 2023, AOAV recorded 47,476 deaths and injuries as a result of the use of explosive weapons around the world. Civilians continued to suffer disproportionately, accounting for 73% of total casualties, with 34,791 civilian deaths and injuries.

That year, as in other years, when explosive weapons were used in populated areas, over 90% of those killed or injured were civilians.

In 2022, AOAV recorded 31,273 deaths and injuries from the use of explosive weapons around the world. As with previous years, civilians bore the burden of this explosive violence. Of those harmed, 66% were reported to be civilians – 20,793.

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AOAV is a founding member of the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW). We believe, as our data clearly routinely shows, that the use of explosive weapons in populated areas causes severe harm to individuals and communities. We believe that this suffering can and should be reduced so that unnecessary deaths and injuries can be prevented. We call on States to cease the use of explosive weapons in towns and cities.

  • Explosive Violence in May 2024

    In May 2024, Action on Armed Violence recorded 4,212 deaths and injuries from 718 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 88% (3,707) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

  • Explosive Violence in April 2024

    In April 2024, Action on Armed Violence recorded 3,034 deaths and injuries from 642 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 84% (2,542) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

  • Explosive Violence in March 2024

    In March 2024, Action on Armed Violence recorded 4,156 deaths and injuries from 693 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 86% (3,572) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

  • Explosive Violence in February 2024

    In February 2024, Action on Armed Violence recorded 4,600 deaths and injuries from 703 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 82% (3,762) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

  • Explosive Violence in January 2024

    In January 2024, Action on Armed Violence recorded 5,612 deaths and injuries from 757 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 85% (4,783) of the deaths and injuries recorded.