Explosive violence in Afghanistan in 2016
- There were 4,095 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
- 54% (2,199) were civilians
- Of civilian deaths and injuries, 84% were caused by IEDs
- When explosive violence was used in a populated area in Afghanistan last year 89% of those dead and injured were civilians
- 53% of civilian deaths and injuries occurred in Kabul
- Compared to 2015, AOAV has recorded an increase in civilian deaths and injuries from explosive violence in Afghanistan of 8%
- The amount of civilians killed and injured by suicide attacks increased by 26%
- The Taliban were responsible for at least 43% of civilians deaths and injuries
- ISIS claimed attacks in Afghanistan for the first time – they were responsible for at least 20% of civilians deaths and injuries
Explosive violence trends and patterns in Afghanistan (2011-2016)
- Afghanistan has consistently been one of the states worst impacted by explosive violence
- Between 2011-2016 Afghanistan has seen 20,625 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
- Of these, 63% (12,922) were civilians
- On average, when explosive violence was used in populated areas, 83% of the deaths and injuries were civilians
- IEDs caused, by far, the most harm in this period, with 81% of civilian deaths and injuries caused by such weapons
- 2011 was the worst year in this period for civilian deaths and injuries from explosive violence in Afghanistan
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