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On 17 August 2005, around 500 bomb explosions occurred at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh. The bombs were exploded within a half hour period starting from 11:30 am. A terrorist organization, Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) claimed responsibility for the bombings.

The group, led by Shaykh Abdur Rahman and the elusive Siddiqur Rahman (also known as Bangla Bhai), is alleged to be affiliated with Al Qaeda although this has not been proven. Another terrorist group, named Harkat-Ul Jihad al Islami, was associated with JMB in executing the co-ordinated attack. Following the blast, both groups were banned by the Government of Bangladesh.

The explosion killed two people (a child in Savar, near Dhaka, and a rickshaw-puller in Chapai Nawabganj District), and injured a further 50.[1]

The main perpetrators of the bombing, Bangla Bhai and Shaykh Abdur Rahman, were captured by Rapid Action Battalion in early March 2006.[2] They were convicted of murder and terrorism charges, along with four other militants, and were executed by hanging on 30 March 2007.[3]


  1. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (August 17, 2005). "Bombs explode across Bangladesh". BBC News. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  2. ."Top Bangladesh militant captured: police", Reuters news report, 6 March 2006.
  3. "Bangladesh seeks regional cooperation against terrorism", PTI News, 24 Feb 2009
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