Last updated: 10 October 2018



All known casualties (from August 1990 and 2017)

1,486 mine/explosive remnants of war (ERW) casualties (240 killed; 1,248 injured)

Casualties in 2017

Annual total


Increase from
3 in 2016

Survival outcome

2 killed; 2 injured

Device type causing casualties

4 antipersonnel mine

Civilian status

4 civilians

Age and gender

3 adults:
0 women; 3 men

1 child:
1 boy; 0 girls


The Monitor identified four landmine casualties in the State of Kuwait for 2017. A Kuwaiti man was killed by a landmine on Al-Salmi road.[1] A Sudanese man and a Bangladeshi national were killed when one stepped on a landmine at the Al-Abraq desert area.[2] An eight-year-old child was injured in a landmine explosion in Kabd area.[3] 

People most affected by landmines in Kuwait are migrant workers, mainly shepherds from south Asia who work in the desert areas of the country and are often unaware of the mine/ERW threat.

In 2016, three landmine causalities were identified in Kuwait. Two Ethiopian shepherds were injured in a mine incident on Al-Salmi road,[4] and a Bangladeshi shepherd was killed by a landmine explosion, also in the Al-Salmi desert in southwestern Kuwait.[5] In March 2015, a Bangladeshi shepherd was killed and his colleague injured by a landmine near the Ahmad Al-Jaber base at Abdullah Port.[6] In April 2014, a Sudanese shepherd was killed in the north of the country.[7] 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.[8]  

After the first gulf war, 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.[9] 

Cluster munition casualties

Between 1990 and 2006, at least 198 cluster munition remnants casualties were recorded in Kuwait (61 killed; 137 injured). These casualties were mostly deminers and clearance personnel.[10] 

[1] Kuwaiti Injured in Landmine Explosion,” Kuwait Local, 9 January 2017.

[2] Two killed in landmine explosion,” Kuwait Times, 13 May 2017.

[3] 8 Year Old Child Injured In Landmine Explosion,” Kuwait Local, 26 November 2017.

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

[5] 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.

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

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

[8] Landmine Explosion in the desert: Shepherd lost his legs,” Kuwait Times (International), 1 March 2013; Dester Girl Kuwait blog, “Help Shankar - Landmine Injury Victim in Kuwait,” 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.

[9] International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), Landmine Monitor Report 2002: Toward a Mine-Free World (New York: Human Rights Watch, August 2002).

[10] 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.