Explosive Violence Monitor: 17-24 June 2022

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

2 killed and 28 injured in car explosion in busy Nangarhar market – latest in series of explosive attacks.

On Monday 20 June, 2 civilians were killed and 23 injured when a vehicle exploded in a busy market. Five Taliban members were also injured.

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.

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.

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.

At Least Four Killed and Seven Injured in Al Shabaab Suicide Attack at Site of Upcoming Somali Presidential Elections

At least four people were killed and seven injured in a suicide attack near Mogadishu airport, on Wednesday 11 May 2022. Two security personnel are amongst the dead. The attack took place at the site of Somalia’s upcoming presidential election, which is to be held on Sunday. 

Up to 50 Killed in Bombing of Khalifa Sahib Mosque, Kabul

The leader of Kabul’s Khalifa Sahib Mosque says more than 50 worshippers were killed and scores injured in the explosion on Friday 29th April. Official reports record ten deaths and 15 injuries, but numbers are likely much higher.

Nine People Killed and 13 Injured in Sixth Islamic State Attack in Afghanistan this April

On Thursday 28th April, nine civilians were killed and 13 injured in explosions on two minibusses in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was targeted at Shia Muslim passengers. 

IS and IS-Affiliated Explosive Violence in 2022

In 2022, 27 incidents have been attributed to IS and IS-affiliated groups in English language reporting, resulting in 172 civilian casualties recorded by AOAV (41 killed and 131 injured). Nine of those incidents (33%) have taken place in April, and account for 78% (134) of recorded civilian casualties of IS and IS-affiliated violence in 2022 so far. 

Six Killed and 28 Injured in IS-Affiliated Suicide Attacks In Taraba (Nigeria)

Two suicide attacks in Nigeria’s typically more peaceful Middle Belt state of Taraba have been claimed by ISWAP. Both attacks, one in the rural community of Iware, and the other in Jalingo, the state’s capital, seem to have been targeting drinking establishments. These latest incidents are a symptom of the spreading Islamist insurgencies that have been active in Nigeria’s northeast for over a decade, as IS-affiliated groups expand their operational areas.

Explosive Violence in March 2022

In March 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,856 deaths and injuries from 216 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 73% (2,074) of the deaths and injuries recorded.