Last updated: 05 May 2017

Casualties Overview

All known casualties by end 2016

1,482 mine/explosive remnants of war (ERW) casualties (236 killed; 1,246 injured) from August 1990 to end of 2016

Casualties in 2016

3 (2015: 2)

2016 casualties by outcome

1 killed, 2 injured (2015: 1 killed, 1 injured)

2016 casualties by device type

3 antipersonnel mines (2015: 2 antipersonnel mines)


In 2016, the Monitor identified three landmine casualties in the State of Kuwait. Two Ethiopian shepherds were injured in a mine incident on Al-Salmi road in February,[1] and a Bangladeshi shepherd was killed by a landmine explosion in December, also in the Al-Salmi desert in southwestern Kuwait.[2] In March 2015, a Bangladeshi shepherd was killed and his colleague injured by a landmine near the Ahmad Al-Jaber base at Abdullah Port.[3] In April 2014, a Sudanese shepherd was killed in the north of the country.[4] In 2013, an Indian shepherd lost both legs and was blinded by a landmine in the Al-Salmi desert; in 2012, a Bangladeshi shepherd was killed.[5]

Three mine casualties were identified in 2011.[6] The casualty rate has remained low since sharply decreasing in 2008. People most affected by landmines in Kuwait are immigrants, mainly shepherds from southern Asia who work in the desert areas of the country and are often unaware of the mine/ERW threat.

From 1999 to the end of 2016, the Monitor identified 133 mine/ERW casualties in Kuwait (34 killed; 57 injured; 42 unknown).[7]

The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) recorded 1,405 mine/ERW casualties in Kuwait from August 1990 to 2002, including 85 killed and 1,026 injured by mines, and 119 killed and 175 injured by ERW.[8]

Between 1990 and 2006, at least 198 cluster munition remnants casualties were recorded in Kuwait (61 killed; 137 injured). These casualties were mostly clearance personnel.[9] It was reported that the one casualty severely injured in 2013 received support for his care through donations.[10]


[1] Hanan Al-Saadoun, “Two Ethiopian shepherds injured in landmine explosion,” Kuwait Times, 28 February 2016.

[2] Hanan Al-Saadoun, “Man killed in Salmi landmine explosion,” Kuwait Times, 24 December 2016; and “A Bangladeshi Shepherd Killed In Landmine Explosion,” Kuwait Local, 23 December 2016.

[3]Landmine blast claims Bangladeshi Shepherd,” Kuwait Times, 9 March 2015.

[4]Sudanese shepherd killed in landmine explosion,” Kuwait Times, 13 April 2014.

[5]Landmine Explosion in the desert: Shepherd lost his legs,” Kuwait Times (International), 1 March 2013; “Help Shankar - Landmine Injury Victim in Kuwait,” Dester Girl Kuwait blog, 8 September 2013; and “Stray Mine Kills Shepherd,” Kuwait Times, 4 June 2012. In 2013, the Monitor, which was updated on 25 November 2013, had reported an additional person injured in 2012, however media reports had incorrectly dated the incident. See, “No end in sight for plight of injured Indian worker – Nearly killed by Iraqi landmine,” Kuwait Times, 15 September 2013. The report records the incident as occurring on 26 February 2012, rather than the same date in 2013.

[6] “Landmine Blows Apart Shepherd,” Arab Times, 20 January 2011, p. 4; and email from Dr. Raafat Misak, Professor, KISR, quoting information provided by the Ministry of Defence of Kuwait, 16 April 2012.

[7] Between 2013 and 2016, 44 people were killed and 33 injured. Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor global casualty database query.

[8] ICBL, Landmine Monitor Report 2002: Toward a Mine-Free World (New York: Human Rights Watch, August 2002).

[9] Handicap International, Circle of Impact: The Fatal Footprint of Cluster Munitions on People and Communities (Brussels, May 2007), p. 18. There has been a lack of data on civilian casualties.

[10]Landmine victim Jakanshar flies home,” Indiansinkuwait, 29 October 2013. He later received a compensation payment of 30,000 KWD (or approximately $100,000) from Kuwait after returning to India, according to one report. “Landmine victim gets 30 000 dinar from Kuwait government,” OnlineNews Video, February 2014.