2001 Gopalganj Roman Catholic church bombing

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2001 Gopalganj Roman Catholic church bombing
Location Gopalganj, Bangladesh
Date 3 June 2001 (UTC+06:00)
Target Bangladesh
Attack type
Deaths 10
Non-fatal injuries

2001 Gopalganj Roman Catholic church bombing on 1 June 2001, a bomb exploded at Gopalganj Roman Catholic church bombing resulting in the death of 10 people and the injury of 26 people.[1]


Bangladesh is a Muslim majority country where the catholic population is .3 percent of the population.[1] Religiously motivated attacks against the Christian community had been described as "rare".[2][3]


The bombs exploded at the Catholic church at Banaripara of Gopalganj district. Ten people were killed at the explosion. Gopalganj is the home District of then Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina. The Police suspected Islamists.[4][5] The church was holding its weekly prayers when the bomb went off.[6]


According to media reports Shaikh Abdur Rahman the leader of the terrorist group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh confessed to the police that his group was behind the bombing of the church.[7] Mufti Abdul Hannan chief of Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (Huji) Bangladesh was taken into remand over the bombing.[6]


Michael Rosario the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Bangladesh described the attack as "barbaric" and hoped the government would find the perpetrators.[3]


  1. ^ a b AsiaNews.it. "BANGLADESH Muslims, Hindus and Catholics remember Baniarchar church victims". www.asianews.it. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  2. ^ "CNN.com - Probe ordered into Bangladesh blast - June 17, 2001". edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Bangladesh church bomb kills nine". BBC. 3 June 2001. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  4. ^ "CNN.com - Bangladesh PM blames blast on foes - June 18, 2001". edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  5. ^ Hotep, Amon. "trinicenter.com - SPECIAL NEWS". www.trinicenter.com. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Mufti Hannan remanded in church bombing case". 18 July 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  7. ^ "christians others demand justice over 2001 church bombing - ucanews.com". Retrieved 1 July 2016.

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