Incident Summary:

2/23/2001: Four unidentified gunmen opened fire on Harunur Rasheed, the general secretary of the Rupsha Thana Awami League, as he was walking with two employees in Khulna, Khulna district, Bangladesh. Rasheed was killed instantly in the shooting; there were no reports of injuries for the two people accompanying him. The gunmen then fled to the Rupsha river and got on board a trawler. Witness report that the assailants, while fleeing, chanted slogans for the Purbabanglar Communist Party, while detonating small explosives.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Gagan Babu Road leading to Nandanpur in Khulna

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity The Awami League
Specific Description Harunur Rasheed, the general secretary of the Rupsha Thana Awami League
Nationality of Target Bangladesh
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
The victim was shot in the head, neck, and chest
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Supporters of the Awami League rioted following the killing, causing businesses to shut down.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Bangladesh Sarbahara Party (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Three gunned down," United News of Bangladesh, February 23, 2001.
"Young man shot dead at Khulna," The Independent, March 5, 2001.
"AL-Meeting. Awami League presidium today," United News of Bangladesh, February 23, 2001.