Explosive Violence Monitor: 24 June – 01 July 2022

From the 17 to the 24 of June, AOAV has recorded 93 incidents of explosive violence around the world, and 321 civilian casualties.

Eight people killed and 21 injured in Russian rocket strike on water tanker, Monday 27 June.

On Monday 27 June, a Russian Uragan multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) struck a water tanker in Lysychansk, where civilians were collecting water. Eight people were killed and 21 hospitalised as a result of the strike.

11 agricultural labourers killed, 34 injured in landmine explosion, Daraa Governorate, Syria

On Saturday 11 June, 11 labourers travelling towards agricultural lands near the village of Deir al-Adas were killed, and 34 were injured, when their pick-up truck ran over a landmine and blew up. Five children and three women are amongst the deceased.

Explosive Violence in May 2022

In May 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,165 deaths and injuries from 418 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 76% (1, 641) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

“The coalition started to think about civilian casualties as a strategic problem” – Dr Thomas Gregory on how civilian casualties informed warfare

Dr Thomas Gregory talks with Professor Mike Spagat about his article, Calibrating violence: Body counts as a weapon of war (European Journal of International Security).

Beyond Ukraine: since 24 February 2022, non-state actors have caused 70% of civilian casualties of explosive violence in populated areas

While Europe’s media hones in on the devastating conflict in Ukraine, parallel conflicts involving state and non-state actors go under-reported and forgotten. AOAV’s data shows that, as Ukraine burns, the world is still on fire – and civilians still suffer the brunt of explosive violence everywhere.

At Least 50 Killed in Attack on Catholic Church, Ondo, Nigeria

On Sunday 5 June, gunmen with explosive devices attacked St Francis Catholic Church, in Owo, during morning mass. No figures have been officially confirmed, but doctors on the ground claim at least 50 people, including women and children, have been killed, and some 48 injured.

Mines and UXOs in Populated Areas Are Passive, Indiscriminate Killers

Over the past week, AOAV has recorded nine incidents of explosive violence in Yemen, as reported in English-language news sources, and 57 civilian casualties. 55% (5) of those incidents have involved mines, and mines caused 21% of civilian casualties of explosive violence in Yemen this past week. 7% (4) of civilian casualties of explosive violence in Yemen this week were caused by a UXO explosion.

Nine Killed and 27 Injured in Confirmed IED Explosion, Kano, Nigeria

On Tuesday 17 May 2022, an took place near a school in Sabon Gari, Kano (Nigeria). The casualty count was eventually confirmed at nine fatalities and 27 people injured.

Immediately following the blast, authorities claimed it was due to a gas cylinder explosion, although witnesses claimed to have seen a suicide bomber blow himself up. However, in the last few days, Nigerian police have arrested two Boko Haram suspects and confirmed that the blast was due to an IED explosion.

Invasion of Ukraine sees 90% increase in ground-launched explosive weapons in towns and cities – new research

A shift to Russian ground-launched weapons in towns and cities a major feature of current Ukrainian war compared to previous conflict, AOAV’s new analysis shows

At Least Three Killed and 19 Injured in 9th Recorded Russian Air Strike on a School in Ukraine

At least three people were killed and 19 injured in a Russian airstrike on schools in Novhorod-Siverskyi, Chernihiv, on Thursday 12 May. Russian troops reportedly fired several missiles at a school and boarding school, damaging an administrative building and some residential houses in the ensuing fire.

One Killed and 13 Injured in IED Explosion in Karachi, Pakistan

On the evening of Thursday 12 May, one person was killed and 13 were injured when an IED exploded in Karachi, Pakistan. The bombing was reportedly targeting a van carrying Pakistan security forces in the city’s Saddar neighbourhood. Two members of the security forces were amongst the injured. The rest of the casualties were civilians.