1999 bombing of Jessore

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1999 bombing of Jessore
Location Jessore, Bangladesh
Date 6 March 1999 (UTC+06:00)
Target Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi
Attack type
Mass murder; bomb attack; terrorism
Deaths 10
Non-fatal injuries
150
Perpetrators Harkat-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.

Background[edit]

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]

Attack[edit]

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]

Trial[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahmed, Ekram (2012). "Udichi". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ "Udichi's anniversary celebration across the country". The Daily Star. 
  3. ^ "Living Dangerously". Star Weekend Magazine. The Daily Star. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bangladesh blasts kill seven". news.bbc.co.uk. BBC News. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "142 killed in 535 bomb attacks during 1999-2005 - 27599.php-24-06". observerbd.com. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Udichi observes Jessore tragedy day in city - New Age". newagebd.net. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Bangladesh bomb kills nine". news.bbc.co.uk. BBC News. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  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.