AOAV’s research on Improvised Explosive Devices

AOAV is one of the few charities that has a particular research focus on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).  Our reason for doing so is simple – between 2011 and 2015, IEDs were responsible for over 59% of all global civilian deaths and injuries from explosive weapons.  They far outstripped the harm caused by other explosive weapon types such as ground-launched (23%), or air-launched (15%) weapons. And it is a harm that is on the increase.  2015 saw 22 countries impacted by suicide bombings, more than ever before recorded.

AOAV’s key IED reports include: Tracking IED Harm (pdf), Anatomy of a Suicide Bombing (pdf), Material Harm (pdf), and Blood on the Streets of Boston (pdf).

From roadside bombs in rural Afghanistan to satchels packed with explosives at the Boston Marathon, improvised explosive eevices (IEDs) are a global problem responsible for huge numbers of civilian casualties each year. IEDs take a variety of different forms – they may be remotely detonated, use a timer, or activated by the attacker in the form of a suicide attack. As well as being used against legitimate military targets, IEDs are frequently used in attacks deliberately targeting large numbers of civilians.

Data shows that IED attacks are on the rise and AOAV is working on a range of responses to tackle the problem. Below you can find some of our key reports that we have done into IED harm.  Please feel to quote from them, or, for more information, please contact our Executive Director, Iain Overton.

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