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.

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.

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.

8 killed and 136 injured in Pakistan madrassa bombing

On 27 October 2020 (Monday), an explosion at a religious seminary in Pakistan’s northern city of Peshawar killed at least 8 people and injured 136 others.

A short history of suicide bombing

This report offers a brief overview of the growth of the suicide bomber as a weapon of war, from sporadic early attempts, to the development of the situation we see today – where there are weekly incidents of suicide bombings around the world. For a more detailed review of the history of the suicide bomber, […]

The impact of explosive violence on children in Pakistan

In Pakistan, explosive violence against children is characterised by the diverse nature of its perpetrators: ethnonationalist separatist groups in Sindh and Balochistan, Islamist groups operating in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Indian army in Kashmir and US drone strikes in the former Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA). It is, therefore, no surprise that Pakistan ranks the third […]

‘Military Age Males’ in US Drone Strikes

“It’s not about me. It’s about every civilian who has been killed in Waziristan.” These are the words of Faheem Qureshi, speaking to The Guardian in 2016. Faheem was one of the first casualties in President Obama’s drone campaign when, seven years before, on 23 January, 2009, his family home in North Waziristan was hit […]

UK arms exports to Pakistan

Pakistan: Country overview The Islamic Republic of Pakistan, located in South Asia, stretches from the Himalayas down to the Arabian Sea and is the world’s sixth most populated country, with a population of almost 200 million. Pakistan is a parliamentary republic, with power divided between the Prime Minister – Imran Khan – who wields the […]

Four years of harm: Explosive Violence Monitor 2011-2014

A terrible cost for civilians Data collected by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) shows that at least 112,000 civilians have been reported as killed or injured by explosive weapons in the last four years. Download the infographic here Between 2011 and 2014, AOAV has recorded a total of 144,545 deaths and injuries from the use […]

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 […]

AOAV condemns suicide bombing attack in Pakistan

A devastating suicide bombing has reportedly killed over 50 people and injured at least 100 more in a suicide bombing close to Pakistan’s only border crossing with India. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. Other militant groups – including Jundullah, an Islamist terrorist militant group associated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), – have also said they were behind […]

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 […]