Last updated: 04 October 2017

Casualties Overview

All known casualties by end 2016

At least 149 (29 killed; 120 injured)

Casualties in 2016

4 (2015: 2)

2016 casualties by outcome

1 killed; 3 injured (2015: 2 injured)

2016 casualties by device type

4 antipersonnel mines


In 2016, four landmine casualties were reported in the Republic of Chile. In February, a Peruvian national died after stepping on a landmine while crossing the Peru-Chile border illegally.[1] In May, a Dominican national was seriously injured after stepping on a landmine, also near the border with Peru.[2] In September, two Peruvian nationals were seriously injured by an antipersonnel mine in the Quebrada de Escritos sector, also at the border of Peru and Chile.[3]

Two landmine casualties were reported in 2015; a Colombian,[4] and a Peruvian were injured near the border with Peru.[5] No casualties were reported in 2014, however, the totals casualties in 2016 and 2015 were similar to recent years: in 2013, two casualties were reported, while five casualties were identified through media reports in 2012.[6] Prior to 2012, the last casualty reported in Chile was in 2007, when a man was killed by an antipersonnel mine while crossing the border with Peru.[7]

The Monitor has identified 37 casualties (five killed and 32 injured) between 1999 and December 2016. As of March 2016, there were 145 mine/explosive remnants of war (ERW) survivors registered by the National Humanitarian Demining Commission (Comisión Nacional de Desminado Humanitario, CNAD).[8]

[1]Un hombre murió trás pisar una mina cuando cruzaba de forma ilegal a Chile” (“A man died after stepping on a landmine while crossing the border illegally to Chile”), Soy Chile, 8 February 2016.

[2]Dominicano gravemente herido al pisar mina en la frontera Chile-Perú” (“Dominican seriously injured from stepping on a landmine in Chile-Peru border”), 24 Horas Chile, 22 May 2016.

[3]Dos peruanos heridos tras explosión de mina en frontera de Perú y Chile” (“Two Peruvians injured after mine explosion at border of Peru and Chile”), RPP Noticias, 5 September 2016.

[4]Ciudadano colombiano resultó herido por una mina antipersonal en la frontera de Chile y Perú” (“Colombian citizen wounded by antipersonal mine on the border of Chile and Peru”), La Tercera, 25 January 2015.

[5] Email from Elir Rojas Calderón, Adviser to the Minister of Defence, 2 June 2015; and “Ciudadano peruano sufre la amputación de su pie por mina antipersonal en Chile” (“Peruvian citizen has his foot amputated following an antipersonnel mine explosion”), 24Horas, 1 June 2015.

[6] See previous editions of the Monitor.

[7] See the Peru country report in Landmine Monitor Report 2007.

[8] Response to Monitor questionnaire by Elir Rojas Calderón, Ministry of Defence, 27 March 2016.