Afghanistan

Explosive violence in Afghanistan in 2016

  • There were 4,142 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
  • 53% (2,201) 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 88% 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 6%
  • The amount of civilians killed and injured by suicide attacks increased by 24%
  • 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 19% 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 20,926 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
  • Of these, 62% (13,037) were civilians
  • On average, when explosive violence was used in populated areas, 82% 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

[note: figures for 2016 subject to change]

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