2001 Bagerhat bombing

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2001 Bagerhat bombing
Location Bagerhat, Bangladesh
Date 23 September 2001 (UTC+06:00)
Target Bangladesh Awami League
Attack type
Mass murder; bomb attack; terrorism
Deaths 9
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami

2001 Narayanganj bombing was a bomb attack on 23 September 2001 at an election rally of Bangladesh Awami League led by Member of Parliament Sheikh Helal Uddin in Bagerhat, Bangladesh that resulted in the death of 9 people.[1]


The Caretaker government had taken charge and had started to make preparations for the 2001 general elections in Bangladesh. in 2001, a number of Bangladesh Awami League events were bombed by suspected Islamist terrorist. Sheikh Helal Uddin, cousin of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was speaking at an election rally of Bangladesh Awami League at Khalilur Rahman Degree College ground in Mollahat Upazila, Bagerhat District. Two bombs were thrown which killed 9 people and injured more than a 100 people including Sheikh Helal.[2][3][4]


A case was filled following the attack, the proceedings of which were stopped on 19 April 2004 during the Bangladesh Nationalist Party rule.[5] The Home ministry took steps to reopen the case after Bangladesh Awami League returned to power.[6] After an investigation by Criminal Investigation Department, charges were pressed against 6 individuals on 21 August 2011. The accused were Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami Bangladesh chief Mufti Hannan, the former president of Mollahat Bangladesh Nationalist Party branch Badsha Mia Shikdar, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh activists Arifuzzaman, Zillur Rahman, Hafez Mohammad Rakib Hasan, and Abu Taleb.[7][8]


  1. ^ Riaz, Ali (2012). Islamist Militancy in Bangladesh: A Complex Web (in Dutch). Routledge. p. Appendix 2. ISBN 9781134057153. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Bangladesh rally bombed". news.bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Mufti Hannan remanded in Bagerhat bomb attack case". The Daily Star. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  4. ^ Chowdhury, Rashed (24 September 2001). "Eight die in Bangladesh election rally bomb blast". GulfNews. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Case for bombing Sk Helal's public meet revived". The Daily Star. 7 February 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Charges pressed against 4 over bomb attack on Helal's rally". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Mufti Hannan, 5 others charge sheeted". The Daily Star. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Charges pressed against 4". print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com. The Financial Express. Retrieved 1 August 2017.

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