2004 Dhaka grenade attack

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2004 Dhaka Grenade Attacks
Location Bangabandhu Avenue, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Date 21 August 2004
17:22 (UTC+06:00)
Target Awami League rally in response to 7th August Sylhet bombings[1]
Attack type
Grenade
Deaths 24
Non-fatal injuries
Over 300

The 2004 Dhaka grenade attack took place on an anti-terrorism rally organised by Awami League on Bangabandhu Avenue on 21 August 2004. The attack left 24 dead and more than 300 injured. The attack was carried out at 5.22 PM after Sheikh Hasina then leader of opposition finished addressing a crowd of 20,000 people from the back of a truck.[2] Awami League Party leaders claimed that the attacks targeted party president Sheikh 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 20,000 people.[3] As Hasina finished her speech, a total of 13 grenades were thrown into the crowd from the rooftops of nearby buildings, killing at least 16 people on spot, later the death toll reached 24. The blast left more than 200 injured. Among the dead were Hasina's bodyguard, Mahbubur Rahman 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 to the attacks in November 2007.[4] He was sentenced to death in December 2008 for attempting to kill Anwar Choudhury in 2004.[5] 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.[6]

Aftermath[edit]

The Awami League called for a nationwide hartal on 23 and 24 August 2004 following the incident. Begum Khaleda Zia, then Prime Minister of Bangladesh condemned the attacks, and also vowed a thorough probe to catch the culprits.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blasts hit Bangladesh party rally". BBC. 
  2. ^ Bhattacharjee, Partha. "Back from death, only to suffer". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  3. ^ Adiga, Aravind (30 August 2004). "Bangladesh: A democracy is shaken". TIME. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Huji boss Hannan admits to Aug 21 grenade attack". Bangladesh News. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Uttam Khan (23 December 2008). "Three Bangladeshis to hang for attack on British envoy". The Age. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dhaka court indicts ex-premier's son for 2004 grenade attack". Deccan Herald (Dhaka). 18 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bangladesh awakes in shock as blast toll hits 18". 

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