1999 bombing of Jessore

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1999 bombing of Jessore
LocationJessore, Bangladesh
Date6 March 1999 (UTC+06:00)
TargetBangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi
Attack type
Mass murder; bomb attack; terrorism
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorsHarkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami

1999 bombing of Jessore was a terrorist bomb attack on an event of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi in Jessore, Bangladesh. 10 people died and around 150 were injured.


Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi goshthi is the largest cultural organisation in Bangladesh. In 2013, the organisation was awarded the Ekushey Padak, the Bangladesh's most prestigious award.[1][2] Since 1999 many of the veteran jihadists from Afghanistan were returning to Bangladesh and carried out a number of attacks in Bangladesh.[3]


The attacks happened after midnight at a cultural event of Udichi Shilpi goshthi in Jessore, Bangladesh. 5 people died on the spot.[4] The bombs used were time bombs. The attacks took place on the 6th March 1999.[5] The event was taking place in Jessore Town hall grounds.[6] 10 people died in the explosion.[7] The attacks were carried out by Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami Bangladesh. Over a 100 people were injured.[8]


Mufti Abdul Hannan, the leader of Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami Bangladesh, admitted his role in the attack after his arrest and called the bombing a success.[9]


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  8. ^ "Ferocious HujiB now on the wane". dhakatribune.com. Dhaka Tribune. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Same old story, same old drum | Dhaka Tribune". archive.dhakatribune.com. Retrieved 2016-08-06.