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THERE are plenty of reasons why 2017 was a nasty year for civilians and why 2018 could be worse still. Heres a bit more evidence, in the form of data: Action on Armed Violence has reported that at least 15,399 civilians were killed by explosive weapons in the first 11 months of 2017, a 42% increase from 2016 and the worst year for civilians since AOAV began its recording in 2011.
Some countries, AOAV reported, saw substantial increases in civilian harm from explosive violence. Civilian deaths in both Syria and Iraqincreased by over 50%. However,civilian deaths in Somalia increased by 200%, with a surge in IED attacks by militant group al-Shabaab.
The worst explosive weapon incident of 2017 globally saw at least 512 killed by a truck bomb in Mogadishu, Somalia in October, 2017.