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.

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.

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 July 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. In July 2015, AOAV recorded 4,990 casualties of explosive violence worldwide, 76% of […]

Explosive violence in June 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. In June 2015, AOAV recorded a total of 4,343 deaths and injuries from explosive […]

Explosive States- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: IEDs

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) IEDs were responsible for 17,098 civilian casualties (52% of the total recorded in 2014). 85% of those killed and injured by IEDs were civilians. There was a 26% decrease in the number of civilian casualties caused by IEDs compared to 2013 (17,098 down from 22,829). Three of the five deadliest IED […]

Explosive States- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: Key Findings

Introduction “Ultimately, civilians in Syria, Gaza, Israel, Afghanistan, Libya, eastern Ukraine and other conflict hotspots pay the price when the shells aimed at military targets end up hitting homes, hospitals and schools. This simply has to stop. These explosive weapons are designed for open battlefields, not built-up urban areas […] This is not about the […]

Explosive violence in June 2014

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. This month there were more than 4,000 casualties of explosive violence (people killed and […]

Explosive violence in May 2014

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. This month there were more than 3,000 casualties of explosive violence (people killed […]

Jos bombings: The return of the IED threat in Nigeria

At least 118 people are now thought to have been killed in yesterday’s catastrophic bombing in central Nigeria. With casualty numbers still rising, the attack in the city of Jos will be one of the deadliest to hit the country in years. As Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) revealed in last year’s ‘The Violent Road’, […]

Explosive violence in April 2014

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. This month there were more than 3,000 casualties of explosive violence (people killed […]