Incident Summary:

10/24/2015: Assailants threw five explosive devices at an Ashura Shia Procession in Dhaka city, Dhaka division, Bangladesh. At least two people were killed and more than 100 others were injured in the blasts. Two of the devices failed to detonate and were defused following the attack. The Islamic State in Bangladesh and Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) both claimed responsibility for the incident. However, the government denied the presence of the Islamic State in Bangladesh in the country and questioned the veracity of the claim.

GTD ID:
201510240001

When:
2015-10-24

Country:
Bangladesh

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Dhaka

City:
Dhaka

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Ashura Shiite Procession
Nationality of Target Bangladesh
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Five homemade bombs were used in the attack.
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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State in Bangladesh (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 101 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 101
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Bangladesh: JMB behind Hossaini Dalan attack," The Daily Star Online, January 30, 2016."
"Militant behind attacks on Bangladesh Shias killed," Can India News, November 27, 2015."
"Bangladesh: 5 JMB men including Hussaini Dalan blast suspect held," The Daily Star Online, November 26, 2015."