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New report on anti-vehicle mine incidents during 2015

Improvised explosive device in Baghdad, 2005.
Improvised explosive device containing an anti-tank mine (centre) found by Iraqi police in Baghdad, 2005. Image credit: Commons/US military

SIPRI and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) have released the report Global Mapping and Analysis of Anti-Vehicle Mine Incidents in 2015 based on new data on anti-vehicle mine accidents.

There were 178 incidents related, or suspected to be related, to anti-vehicle mines during 2015. These incidents led to nearly 600 casualties, of which 60% were civilians. The vast majority of anti-vehicle mine incidents occurred in current conflicts, with Mali, Pakistan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen recording the highest numbers of casualties. The data comes from survey responses of 40 mine action programmes and organizations, plus media sources.

The latest findings in the report can also be found on the online interactive map, which shows reported anti-vehicle mine incidents from 2015. The work follows on from the 2014 report The Humanitarian and Development Impact of Anti-Vehicle Mines. Overall, the research aims to build a solid evidence base for assessing the humanitarian impact of anti-vehicle mines around the world.