The attack targeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the then opposition leader and chairperson of Awami League, but failed
PM Sheikh Hasina, then the leader of the opposition party, was giving her speech in a public meeting on protesting attacks against the party's workers in Sylhet at Bangabandhu Avenue, Dhaka. There were around 20,000 people in the rally. As she finished her speech, 13 grenades were thrown into the crowd from nearby rooftops which killed at least 16 people on spot. Later the death toll reached 24. She survived with injuries in her ear.
Awami League leader Amir Hussain Amu and Suranjit Sengupta laid down in the truck after the explosions and gunshots that rocked Bangabandhu Avenue 15 years ago.
The aftermath of the explosions and gunshots rocked the Awami League rally at Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka on August 21, 2004.
Many Awami League leaders tried to save their lives by hiding in the truck that was being used as the temporary stage for the rally after the explosions in Dhaka on August 21, 2004.