Last updated: 23 January 2018

Casualties Overview

All known casualties by end 2016

157 mine/explosive remnants of war (ERW) casualties (24 killed; 129 injured; 4 unknown)

Casualties in 2016

65 (2015: 20)

2016 casualties by survival outcome

7 killed; 58 injured (2015: 4 killed; 16 injured)

2016 casualties by device type

65 unspecified mine types, including suspected antivehicle mines and suspected improvised mines


In 2016, the Monitor identified 20 casualties from landmines and victim-activated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the Republic of Tunisia.[1] Of the total, 62 were adults and for two casualties the age was not recorded; four casualties were women and the remainder (61) were men. In 2016, the vast majority of casualties were military personnel (56), and nine were civilians. All of the casualties recorded in 2015 were military.

The 2016 casualty total was the highest total recorded for Tunisia since monitoring began in 1999. The previous highest casualty total was in 2014, when the Monitor identified 38 casualties from landmines or victim-activated IEDs in Tunisia.[2] The 2013 casualty total of 28 had represented a dramatic increase compared to the 10 mine/ERW casualties recorded in Tunisia for a period of more than 20 years, from 1991–2012. This casualty increase was attributable to the use of improvised mines (victim-activated IEDs), since 2013.[3]

The cumulative number of mine/ERW casualties remains unknown. Since 1999, the Monitor has recorded 157 mine/ERW casualties.

[1] Monitor media analysis for 2016 (from 1 January to 31 December); Geneva Initernational Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)-Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) antivehicle mine database provided by email from Ursign Hofmann, Policy Advisor, GICHD, 24 August 2017; email from Jennifer Dathan, Researcher, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), 15 September 2017; and Monitor analysis of Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project (ACLED), “ACLED Version 7 All Africa 1997–2016,” and “ACLED Asia Running File 2016,” data for calendar year 2016. Approved citation: Clionadh Raleigh, Andrew Linke, Håvard Hegre, and Joakim Karlsen. 2010. Introducing ACLED-Armed Conflict Location and Event Data. Journal of Peace Research 47(5) 651-660.

[2] Monitor media analysis for 2013 and 2014 (from 1 January to 31 December).

[3] In 2006, a man was injured by ERW in northern Tunisia. Prior to 2015, the last reported mine incident occurred in January 2002.