Improvised Explosive Devices research

AOAV is one of the few charities that has a particular research focus on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).  Please find below our research on a weapon that causes more death and injury than any other explosive weapon group.

Between October 2010 and the end September 2020, there have been 28,729 incidents of explosive violence, resulting in 357,619 casualties (263,487 civilians) recorded in English language media worldwide. Of these, 171,732 people were recorded as being from IEDs – a number that includes both civilians and armed actors.  48% of all people killed or injured by explosive weapons globally, then, were harmed by IEDs.

AOAV’s key IED reports include: IEDs: past, present and future (pdf); Addressing the threat posed by IEDs (pdf); Understanding the rising cult of the suicide bomber (pdf);  Understanding the regional and transnational networks that facilitate IED use; Tracking IED Harm (pdf); Anatomy of a Suicide Bombing (pdf); Material Harm (pdf); and Blood on the Streets of Boston (pdf).

Latest IED research