Incident Summary:

05/21/2004: A bomb exploded at a Muslim shrine in Sylhet, Bangladesh. The explosion killed two people and injuring up to 100 others, some of which included the British Ambassador and the British High Commissioner for Bangladesh. Members of Harkatul Jihad-e-Islami were convicted in connection with 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 (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity British Diplomats
Specific Description The British Ambassador and the British High Commissioner for Bangladesh
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Muslim Shrine
Specific Description Indiscriminate civilians at a Muslim shrine in Sylhet, Bangladesh
Nationality of Target Bangladesh
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
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 names of injured included British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Harkatul Jihad-e-Islami No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Bappa Ghosh Choudhury, “Bomb Hit British Envoy in Stomach at Bangladesh Shrine Before Explosion,” Hong Kong AFP, May 21, 2004.
Farid Hossain, “Bangladesh Tightens Security After Bomb Blast Kills Two, Wounds British Ambassador,” AP, May 21, 2004.
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