Explosive violence in Pakistan in 2016
- There were 2,152 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
- 70% (1,508) were civilians
- Of civilian deaths and injuries, 76% were caused by IEDs
- 19% were caused by ground-launched weapons
- When explosive violence was used in a populated area in Pakistan last year 94% of those dead and injured were civilians
- Compared to 2015, AOAV has recorded an increase in civilian deaths and injuries from explosive violence in Pakistan of 15%
- The numbers of civilians killed or injured by IEDs increased by 19% despite the number of IED incidents decreasing (from 97 in 2015 to 89 in 2016).
- The amount of civilians killed and injured by suicide attacks increased by 79% despite a decrease in attacks (from 13 in 2015 to 10 in 2016)
- 48% of civilian deaths and injuries were caused by acts perpetrated by Jamaat al Ahrar
Explosive violence trends and patterns in Pakistan (2011-2016)
- Pakistan has consistently been one of the states worst impacted by explosive violence
- Between 2011-2016 Pakistan has seen 23,798 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
- Of these, 67% (15,987) were civilians
- 92% of the civilian deaths and injuries occured when explosive violence was used in a populated area
- IEDs caused, by far, the most harm in this period, with 75% of civilian deaths and injuries caused by such weapons
- 2013 was the worst year in this period for civilian deaths and injuries from explosive violence in Pakistan
[note: figures for 2016 subject to change]
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