Somalia

Explosive violence in Somalia in 2016

  • There were 1,414 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
  • 58% (826) were civilians
  • Of civilian deaths and injuries, 76% were caused by IEDs
    • 52% were caused by suicide attacks
  • 21% were caused by ground-launched weapons
  • When explosive violence was used in a populated area in Somalia last year 90% of those dead and injured were civilians
  • Compared to 2015, AOAV has recorded an increase in civilian deaths and injuries from explosive violence in Somalia of 83%
  • The numbers of civilians killed or injured by IEDs increased by 132%
  • The amount of civilians killed and injured by suicide attacks increased by 244%
  • 59% of civilian deaths and injuries were caused by explosive weapon use in Mogadishu

Explosive violence trends and patterns in Somalia (2011-2016)

  • Between 2011-2016 Somalia has seen 5,717 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
  • Of these, 68% (3,903) were civilians
  • 95% of the civilian deaths and injuries occured when explosive violence was used in a populated area
  • IEDs caused the most harm in this period, with 57% 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 Somalia

[note: figures for 2016 subject to change]