Last updated: 27 July 2017

Casualties Overview

All known casualties by end 2016

1,987 mine/explosive remnants of war (ERW) casualties (515 killed; 1,441 injured; and 31 unknown)

Casualties in 2016

7 (2015: 3)

2016 casualties by outcome

3 killed; 4 injured (2014: 1 killed; 2 injured)

2016 casualties by item type

7 antipersonnel mine


Details and trends

In 2016, there were seven casualties from antipersonnel mines in the Republic of Croatia, all of whom were deminers.[1] In 2015, there were three casualties from antipersonnel mines, as in 2016, all were deminers.[2] In 2014, two casualties were recorded in one ERW incident.[3]

The Croatian Mine Action Center (CROMAC) reported at least 1,987 mine/ERW casualties between 1991 and the end of 2016 (515 killed; 1,441 injured; and 31 unknown).[4]

Cluster munition casualties

There were at least 241 cluster munition casualties in Croatia. New submunition casualties were last reported in 2013. In September 2013, three members of the Demining Battalion of the Engineering Regiment were involved in an accident (one deminer was killed and two injured) during clearance of scattering ordnance, including submunitions, at the site of an unplanned ammunition storage explosion in Pađene.[5] Between 1993 and 2013, 35 casualties of unexploded submunitions were reported. Between 1993 and 1995, at least 206 casualties occurred during cluster munition strikes in Croatia.[6]

[1] Email from Marta Kovačević, Croatian Mine Action Center (CROMAC), 3 April 2017.

[2] Email form Hrvoje Debač, Deputy Director, CROMAC, 31 April 2016.

[3] Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Report (for calendar year 2014), Form J.

[4] Emails from Marta Kovačević, CROMAC, 3 April 2017; and from Hrvoje Debač, CROMAC, 31 March 2015, and 31 April 2016; and Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Report (for calendar year 2015), Form J.

[5] Convention on Cluster Munitions Article 7 Report (for the calendar year 2013), Form H.

[6] Handicap International (HI), Circle of Impact: The Fatal Footprint of Cluster Munitions on People and Communities (Brussels: HI, May 2007), p. 65; and CROMAC casualty data provided by email from Goran Gros, CROMAC, 23 April 2008. CROMAC recorded 32 casualties from incidents involving unexploded submunitions between 1993 and 2007. All known unexploded submunition casualties were included in CROMAC casualty data.