2004 Dhaka grenade attack

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The 2004 Dhaka grenade attack was an attempt to kill Sheikh Hasina, the then-former Prime Minister of Bangladesh, on 21 August 2004. The attack left at least 24 dead and injured many others, except Hasina.

Events and casualties[edit]

Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina had been speaking at a public meeting on Bangabandhu Avenue, protesting blasts against the party's workers in Sylhet. The rally drew a crowd of 15,000 people.[1] As Hasina finished her speech, a total of 13 grenades were thrown into the crowd from the rooftops of nearby buildings, killing at least 23 people and injuring more than 200. Among the dead were Hasina's bodyguard and Awami League Women's Affairs Secretary Ivy Rahman.

Perpetrators[edit]

Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI) leader Mufti Abdul Hannan was arrested for the grenade attacks in 2007, and was later charged in connection with it. He reportedly confessed (although no evidence was ever found) to the attacks in November 2007.[2] He was sentenced to death in December 2008 for attempting to kill Anwar Choudhury in 2004.[3] In March 2012, the son of opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia, Tarique Rahman, and 28 others were tried in absentia for their alleged involvement in the attack.[4]

Aftermath[edit]

The Awami League called for a massive hartal the day after the attacks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adiga, Aravind (30 August 2004). "Bangladesh: A democracy is shaken". TIME. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Huji boss Hannan admits to Aug 21 grenade attack". Bangladesh News. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Uttam Khan (23 December 2008). "Three Bangladeshis to hang for attack on British envoy". The Age. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dhaka court indicts ex-premier's son for 2004 grenade attack". Deccan Herald (Dhaka). 18 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 

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