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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many improvised explosive devices have (a) been defused and (b) exploded in Afghanistan in each month since 2007. (322516)

Records of incidents for the whole of Afghanistan are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, data are available for activity up to February 2010 concerning Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in the area of Helmand Province for which Task Force Helmand has responsibility. This area of responsibility has not stayed constant during the period in question.

Number of IED explosions recorded by Task Force Helmand

2007

2008

2009

2010

January

2

24

29

89

February

6

24

30

164

March

7

30

42

April

9

27

27

May

23

35

57

June

23

52

102

July

32

51

159

August

16

48

114

September

31

43

77

October

24

35

67

November

13

38

69

December

20

39

70

The figures above refer to an explosion that has subsequently been reported by units operating within the Task Force Helmand area of responsibility. The figures include both ‘laid’ IEDs and suicide (both vehicle and person-borne) devices.

Number of IEDs neutralised recorded by Task Force Helmand

2007

2008

2009

2010

January

0

16

44

61

February

0

20

54

107

March

0

14

49

April

1

18

67

May

0

33

36

June

3

12

142

July

2

22

94

August

6

21

113

September

9

32

125

October

3

23

88

November

8

48

90

December

14

31

132

The figures above refer to the recording of a device that has been located and subsequently confirmed as an IED. Action has then been taken to neutralise the device.