A file photo of people carrying a wounded person on a stretcher at the Madina hospital in Mogadishu after an attack in October last year.
AT LEAST 3000 civilians have been either killed or injured by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Somalia in the past three years, the UN demining agency said yesterday.

The UN Mine-Action Service (Unmas) said 2017 was the deadliest year, largely due to an IED attack on October 14 in Mogadishu which killed more than 500 people and injured over 300 in twin bombings.

“Children accounted for three-quarters of all casualties caused by unexploded ordnance last year,” Unmas said in a statement issued to mark International Awareness Day yesterday.

The demining agency said increasing awareness about explosive hazards can save many lives, but the threat of improvised explosive devices in Somalia remains an ever-present danger.

“The threat posed by explosive hazards is a grim fact of life for many Somalis, causing the tragic loss of lives and livelihoods and affecting the physical and emotional well-being of people in many parts of the country,” Unmas said.

Unmas has been highlighting how mine action operations provide a tangible form of protection, reducing the explosive threats faced by affected communities in Somalia, and vulnerable internally displaced people and refugees. - Xinhua