Incident Summary:

12/07/2002: Unknown perpetrators conducted a series of nearly-simultaneous bombings at four Bangladesh cinemas packed with families celebrating the end of the Ramadan in Mymensingh, Bangladesh. The incident killed at least 17 people and injured around 300 people in the crowded theaters. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the government used the incident as an excuse to arrest dozens of activists opposed to the standing government.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Indiscriminate civilians at a cinema in Mymensingh, Bangladesh
Nationality of Target Bangladesh
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
The specific type of explosive used in this incident was not reported.
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 The government provided no information linking the arrested opposition members to this specific incident.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 17 Fatalities / 300 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 17
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 300
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Mark Huband and Alastair Lawson-Tancred, “Dhaka arrests activists after cinema bomb deaths,” Financial Times, December 9, 2002.
“Cinema bombings kill 17,” The Australian, December 9, 2002.
“Cinemas bombed: 17 killed and 200 hurt,” Toronto Star, December 8, 2002.