2002 Mymensingh cinema bombing

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2002 Mymensingh cinema bombing
Location Mymensingh, Bangladesh
Date 6 December 2002 (UTC+06:00)
Target Cinema Audience
Attack type
Bombs
Deaths 27
Non-fatal injuries
200+
Perpetrators Jama’atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh

2002 Mymensingh cinema bombing was a coordinated bombing of four movie theaters that resulted in the death of 27 people and over 200 injured in Mymensingh, Bangladesh on 6 December 2002.[1] The bombing was carried out by Jama’atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh.[2]

Background[edit]

The attacked few months after a circus and theater were bombed in Satkhira, Bangladesh.[3] The attacks took place while the anti crime Operation Clean Heart were ongoing. Soldiers from the operation were involved in the rescue and first-aid efforts. After the explosions a bomb was found in Gaibandha, Bangladesh.[4]

Attack[edit]

The attacks took place following the Eid holidays which meant the movie theaters were filled. On 6 December 2002 there was four simultaneous explosions in four different movie theaters.[5]

Trial[edit]

In 2002 Bangladesh Police charged three people with the crime. It also dropped the names of 43 people from the investigation which were added during the Bangladesh Nationalist Party Government including members of then opposition party Bangladesh Awami League and journalist.[6][7]

Reactions[edit]

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Khaleda Zia, blamed the opposition party Awami League and described it as a planned attack to destabilize the government.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahsan, Shamim. "The Blame Game Goes on". archive.thedailystar.net. Star Magazine. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "First mass attack since 2005". archive.dhakatribune.com. Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Habib, Haroon. "15 killed in blasts in Bangladesh theatres". thehindu.com. The Hindu. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Habib, Haroon. "Terror struck". frontline.in. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Bombs hit cinemas in Bangladesh". news.bbc.co.uk. BBC NEWS. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "3 JMB operatives charged with Mymensingh cinema blasts". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "3 JMB men charged with Mymensingh cinema blasts". thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. 9 October 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "'Students of Madrasa' claim cinema hall blasts". zeenews.india.com. Zee News. 12 December 2002. Retrieved 27 November 2016.