Grenade Attack by Zia Islam

Dhaka 2004 August. The horrible grenade attack on AL rally killed at least 24 people, including the wife Ivy Rahman of current President Zillur Rahman, The attack left at least 23 dead and injured many others. Copy Right: Zia Islam

August 21, 2004 was a tragic day for democracy and politics in Bangladesh when daughter of the founding father of the nation as well uncompromising leader, who has been fighting to uphold democracy in the country – Sheikh Hasina narrowly escaped death trap of some unknown elements, who charges several grenades at a public meeting of Bangladesh Awami League at its Central Office at Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka. A large number of leaders and supporters of this oldest political party were injured, while many, including veteran Awami League leader Ivy Rahman, who is the wife of Zillur Rahman (now President of Bangladesh) was brutally murdered. . The attack left at least 23 dead and injured many others. Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina had been speaking at a rally protesting blasts against the party’s workers in Sylhet. The rally drew a crowd of 15,000 people.

The country has mourned marking the fifth anniversary of a gruesome grenade attack on an Awami League rally on 21 August in 2004, which is widely believed to have been an assassination attempt on Awami League president and incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was opposition chief during 2004.


Zia Islam born in 1976 October 31 Rangpur District

Started as a photojournalist carrier in 1996. After that he  worked at the daily Janata   and Jaijaidin. Currently working as a chief photojournalist the daily Prothom Alo newspaper till. He was completed Diploma in Photography 1998 from Alliance Frances Photography Institute Dhaka. He is more interested in news-based photography.


4 thoughts on “Grenade Attack by Zia Islam

  1. Excellent photojournalism. Zia is one of the best photojournalists in our country and I wish him success in his future journey witnessing the history!

  2. Outstanding monent. His works always inspire the young promising photojournalist in Bangladesh. Beside his profession, he is very kind to all. I wish he will continue gives us greats works like this…

  3. Rasel says:

    Grenade Attack by Zia Islam…….

  4. Jami says:

    I hope the Jamaat-e-Islami is not spending millions of dollars abroad to foil the war crimes tribunal’s efforts to punish the war criminals of 1971. Jamaat-e-Islami’s bid to hire Western lawyers with lucrative fees coincide with Khaleda Zia’s trips to US and Europe before she embarks on creating anarchy and chaos in the country to foil the revelation of the gruesome August 21, 2004 grenade blasts on the Awami League Anti-Terrorism rally against the then BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami Islamic fundamentalist coalition.

    Investigators of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) disclosed that Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to the then prime minister Khaleda Zia was involved in the grenade attack on the Awami League rally on August 21, 2004. Khaleda Zia knows that if she cannot bring down this popularly elected government soon it will be her son Tarek Rahman to be charged in the state-sponsored terrorist attack that resulted in the death of many including President Zillur Rahman’s wife, Ivy Rahman.

    The former home minister, two director generals of the NSI and DFI (Pakistan’s ISI equivalent in Bangladesh heavily infiltrated by the Taliban elements within the Jamaat-e-Islami)have already been identified by an Afghan trained Bangladeshi mujahedin who confessed to carrying out the grenade blasts.

    Stephen Rapp et al should know that the 9/11 happened because Al Qaeda could penetrate the US security cordon by their sheer financial might. No one in the US questioned then how so many Saudis and Pakistanis were involved in training and rehearsal programs of the terrorist act.

    Why is the international community headed by American and British lawyers so much interested in ensuring the human rights of war criminals who killed hundreds of thousands and planned genocides in Bangladesh in 1971? Is it again the lure of Arab money given to BNP by Jamaat-e-Islami.

    With Pakistan in flames the Jamaat-e-Islami has rightfully chosen the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of Khaleda Zia to piggyback its hidden agenda of turning Bangladesh into another failed state like Pakistan.

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