1999 Khulna mosque bombing

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1999 bombing of Khulna
Location Khulna, Bangladesh
Date 8 December 1999 (UTC+06:00)
Target Ahmadiyya
Attack type
Mass murder; bomb attack; terrorism
Deaths 8
Non-fatal injuries
30
Perpetrators Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami

1999 bombing of Khulna was a terrorist bomb attack on an Ahmadiyya Mosque in Khulna, Bangladesh in 8 October 1999. In the explosion 8 people died and around 30 were injured.[1][2] In 10 October 1999 Bangladesh Army removed a time bomb from the headquarters complex of Ahmadiyya mission in Dhaka, three days after the bombing. Two days after a bomb was recovered from Jannatul Ferdous Ahmadiya mosque in Mirpur, Dhaka.[3][4]

Background[edit]

The Ahmadiyya are small sect of Islam whom many conservative Muslims consider heretical. There are about 100, 000 Ahmadiyyas in Bangladesh, where 90 percent of the population follow Islam.[5]

Attack[edit]

On 8 October 1999 a remote controlled bomb went off during Friday prayers in the Ahmadiyya mosque in Khulana, Southern Bangladesh, killing eight people.[6][7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahsan, Shamim. "The Blame Game Goes on". archive.thedailystar.net. Star Magazine. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Siddiqui, Tasneem; Ahsan, Masood Alam Ragib; Hassan, Jesmul; (Organization), Odhikar; International, Minority Rights Group. Freedom of religion in Bangladesh. Odhikar. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Canada, Immigration and Refugee Board of (4 July 2000). "Treatment of Ahmadis in Dhaka; reports of attacks, especially by the Khatme Nabuyat [Khatm-e-Nabuwwat]; police response (1995-2000) [BGD34714.E]". www.ecoi.net. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bangladesh Army Disarms Mosque Bomb". washingtonpost.com. Washington Post. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Manik, Julfikar Ali (25 December 2015). "Suicide Bomber Strikes at Ahmadi Mosque in Bangladesh". nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "It's suicide bombing". thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. 27 December 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "135 killed, over 1,000 in bomb attacks in 6 years". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  8. ^ State of Human Rights ..., Bangladesh. Bangladesh Manobadhikar Samonnoy Parishad. p. 156. Retrieved 26 November 2016.