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Bangladesh observes 17th anniversary of August 21 grenade attack

At least 24 people were killed and around 300 were injured in the attack on this day in 2004

Update : 21 Aug 2021, 12:27 PM

The country is observing the 17th anniversary of the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in Dhaka with various programs.

On this day in 2004, a grisly grenade attack was carried out on an anti-terrorism rally organized by the Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue. 

Sheikh Hasina, then leader of the opposition, was apparently the target. The BNP-Jamaat alliance government was in power at that time.

At least 24 people, including Awami League women affairs secretary and late president Zillur Rahman’s wife Ivy Rahman, were killed. Three hundred others were also injured. Sheikh Hasina escaped with her life but suffered hearing impairment.

Fourteen years later, a Dhaka court sentenced 19 people, including the then BNP government’s state minister for home affairs Lutfozzaman Babar, to death.

Also Read - August 21 grenade attack: Injured victims still suffering, seek justice

Tarique Rahman, the eldest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and the party's current acting chairman, and 18 others were also sentenced to life in prison.

The Awami League and its affiliated outfits are observing the day as the “Grenade Attack Day” with elaborate programs, including discussions.

On this occasion, politicians of the Awami League and its affiliated outfits placed wreaths at a makeshift altar in front of the party’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue in the morning on Saturday.

Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid will issue separate messages commemorating the martyrs of the day.

Besides, an arts summit, titled “August Repeated Attempts” will take place on the premises of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy from August 21-23. The summit will be inaugurated on Saturday evening.

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