Incident Summary:

03/13/2017: Assailants attacked Farhad Hossain Chowdhury at his residence in Bochaganj, Rangpur, Bangladesh. Chowdhury, a Sufi spiritual leader, was killed along with his daughter. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Dinajpur district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Sufi Spiritual Leader: Farhad Hossain Chowdhury
Nationality of Target Bangladesh
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information The victims included Rupali Chowdhury. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. A source suspected that the attack may have been carried out by the target's former disciple, with whom he had a personal dispute.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Ex-disciple of slain Pir arrested," Dhaka Tribune Online, March 16, 2017."
"Sufi spiritual leader and daughter shot, hacked to death in Bangladesh," Deccan Chronicle, March 15, 2017."
"‘Pir killers conducted recon survey before attack’," Dhaka Tribune, March 14, 2017."