Incident Summary:

06/16/2001: A powerful bomb blew up a ruling Awami League party office at Narayanganj town, Bangladesh, near the capital of Dhaka, killing 21 and injuring at least 100. Three women among the dead were reported to have been suicide bombers. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Awami League Party
Specific Description Awami League Party office in Narayanganj town, 16 kilometers from the capital, Dhaka
Nationality of Target Bangladesh
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information No group claimed responsibility for the attack and police did not say if there were any suspects. Previous attacks were often blamed on Islamic fundamentalists.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 21 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 21
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Inam Ahmed, “Bombing death toll climbs to 21,” United Press International, June 17, 2001.
Nadeem Qadir, “21 killed in worst act of terror in Bangladesh history,” Agence France Presse, June 16, 2001.
“Bangladesh bomb kills 15,” Ha'aretz, June 17, 2001.