In the first month of 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 3,609 deaths and injuries from 400 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 72% (2,585) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 88% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 24% in other areas.
In December 2017, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 2,312 deaths and injuries from explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 76% (1,752) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 91% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 20% in other areas.
Yesterday, January 16th 2018, a mortar attack on a local bazaar in Faryab province, Afghanistan, killed at least 5 and wounded a further 45. As many of the injured were in a critical condition, the death toll may rise.
The wounded included women and children.
The attack occurred at 10am local time and saw three mortar rounds fired on the bazaar in Khwaja Sabz Posh district. Whilst no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, both the Taliban and ISIS have a presence in the province.
Today, January 15th 2018, two suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a busy market in central Baghdad. The casualty toll currently stands at 38 dead and 105 wounded.
The attack took place in Tayran Square during rush hour and the death toll is expected to rise further as many of the injured are said to be in critical condition.