2001 Narayanganj bombing

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2001 Narayanganj bombing
LocationNarayanganj, Bangladesh
Date16 June 2001 (UTC+06:00)
TargetBangladesh Awami League
Attack type
Mass murder; bomb attack; terrorism
Deaths22
Non-fatal injuries
100
PerpetratorsHarkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami

2001 Narayanganj bombing was a bomb attack on 16 June 2001 at a meeting of Bangladesh Awami League in Narayanganj, Bangladesh that resulted in the death of 22 people.[1] The reason cited by investigators for the attack is that the local member of Parliament had banned senior leaders of the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh. Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami, who were patronized by Jammat, decided to attack Shamim Osman, the local member of parliament, who attending the meeting.[2]

Attacks[edit]

On 16 June 2001 there was bomb attack at a meeting of Bangladesh Awami League in the local party office in Narayanganj, Bangladesh. The local Member of Parliament Shamim Osman was injured in the attack.[3] The roof composed of corrugated tin was destroyed in the explosion. The bomb was under a table in the office.[4][5]

Trial[edit]

In April 2001 27 people were accused in the cases filed over the bomb attack. The case was closed under the Bangladesh Nationalist Party government. The case Was reopened in 2009 after the Bangladesh Awami League came to power. The trial has stalled because of the prosecution has failed to bring the accused to court. Mufti Hannan, chief of Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami, is in custody but cannot be presented in court dates because he is accused in 51 cases all over Bangladesh. This has delayed trial. Two of the accused are in Jail in New Delhi, India and two other have been freed on bail.[2][6]

Reactions[edit]

  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, "I call upon the nation to resist this type of political terrorism for the sake of democracy,".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahsan, Shamim. "The Blame Game Goes on". archive.thedailystar.net. Star Magazine. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Trial goes at snail pace, victims still facing hardship". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Bangladesh Bomb Kills 15, Hurts 100". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. 17 June 2001. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Bangladesh bomb blast kills 21". news.bbc.co.uk. BBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Bomb Kills 22 in Bangladesh; 3 Suspects Seized". nytimes.com. The New York Times. 18 June 2001. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Mufti Hannan, 5 others indicted in 2001 case". theindependentbd.com. The Independent. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Probe ordered into Bangladesh blast - June 17, 2001". www.cnn.com. CNN. Retrieved 3 December 2016.