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21 August

Just before the grenade attacks

Just before the grenade attacks, the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina waves at her party men gathered at a protest rally in front of Awami League headquarters on Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka on August 21, 2004. Photo: Anisur Rahman

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Just before the grenade attacks, the then opposition leader, addresses the crowd gathered in front of the AL headquarters on Bangabandhu Avenue in a protest rally on August 21, 2004. Photo: Star

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The body of Mahbub Alam, 42, one of the security personnel of Sheikh Hasina, who stood close by her during the grenade attack at a protest rally on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004. Photo: Star

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Just after the blast at the protest rally on Dhaka's Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004, rescuers try to lift a shell-shocked Ivy Rahman with both her legs badly mauled. Photo: Star

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Awami League Leaders and activists at DMCH mourn the deaths of their fellows in a grenade attack at Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004. Photo: Star

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and late president Zillur Rahman

The then opposition leader covers her face with a handkerchief standing beside a sobbing Zillur Rahman, who was still mourning on October 3, 2004, the death of his wife, veteran Awami League leader Ivy Rahman, in a grenade attack on August 21 the same year. File photo

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on August 21, 2013 consoles and hands financial aid to a victim of the August 21, 2004, grenade attack on an Awami League rally at Bangabandhu Avenue. Photo: BSS

10th anniversary of the August 21, 2004

On the 10th anniversary of the August 21, 2004 grenade attack, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina consoles a victim on Bangabandhu Avenue August 21, 2014. Photo: PMO

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina places a wreath at a memorial for the August 21, 2004 grenade attack victims on the capital's Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2015. Photo: Collected

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placing wreaths at a makeshift memorial for the martyrs of the August 21 grenade attack on August 21, 2016. Photo: BSS

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina consoles an August-21 grenade attack survivor at a programme in the capital's Krishibid Institution on August 21, 2017. Photo: PID

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Ivy Rahman, just after the grenade attack at a protest rally on August 21, 2004 at Bangabandhu Avenue. Photo: Star

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People try to rescue the dead and injured in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Star

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The dead and the injured litter in front of the AL headquarters on Bangabandhu Avenue after the attack on August 21, 2004. Photo: Star

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People carry in an attempt to rescue an injured at the August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Star

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The dead and the injured litter in front of the AL headquarters on Bangabandhu Avenue after the attack on August 21, 2004. Photo: Star

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An injured police official in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Star

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Angry mob set fire on vehicles after the August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Star

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People rescue an injured in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Star

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People rescue an injured in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Star

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People rescue an injured in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Star

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An injured in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Star

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Abdus Salam Pintu, one of the accused of the August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Palash Khan

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Former NSI Director Rezzakul Haider Chowdhury, one of the accused of August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Palash Khan

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One of the accused of August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Palash Khan

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One of the accused of August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Palash Khan

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Harkatul Jihad leader Maulana Abu Taher, one of the accused of the August 21. 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Palash Khan

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Few of the accused of August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Palash Khan

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Few of the accused of August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Palash Khan

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Few of the accused of August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Palash Khan

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One of the accused of August 21, 2004 grenade attack, Mohibullah alias Mafizur Rahman alias Ovi in green cap. Photo: Palash Khan

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Awami League leaders and members of her personal security wing shield Sheikh Hasina, who narrowly escaped death, during the grenade attack on the Awami League protest rally in the city on August 21, 2004. Twenty-four AL leaders and activists were killed in the attack. Courtesy: Mayor Mohammad Hanif Foundation

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With a worried look on his face, former BNP state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar, an accused in the August 21 grenade attack cases, waits in front of a special court in Old Dhaka before being taken to jail on September 18, 2018. Photo: Rashed Shumon

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symbolic reconstruction

Activists of Awami League Cultural Forum make a symbolic reconstruction of the August 21, 2004 mayhem on Bangabandhu Avenue in the city on August 20, 2006 demanding an international inquiry into the attack and trial of the perpetrators. Photo: Star

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Kajal, a victim of the August 21 grenade attack, breaks down in tears on August 21, 2006 at the plaque memorial to the souls departed two years ago on Bangabandhu Avenue. Photo: Star

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Ivy Rahman is seen among a sea of leaders and activists just moments before the attack on August 21, 2004. Star File Photo

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Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina and her party top brass stand in silence on August 21, 2005, commemorating the victims of August 21, 2004 carnage on Bangabandhu Avenue. PHOTO: STAR

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The dead and the injured litter in front of the AL headquarters on Bangabandhu Avenue after the attack on August 21, 2004. Photo: Star

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The dead and the injured litter in front of the AL headquarters on Bangabandhu Avenue after the attack on August 21, 2004. Photo: Star

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An unexplored grenade lies at bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004. Photo: Star

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Blood smeared Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta being taken to hospital. Around 300 splinters were found in his body after the August 21, 2004 grenade attack. Photo: Star

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A teenage boy, injured in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack on Bangabandhu Avenue, being carried to hospital in a rickshaw just after the blast. Photo: Star

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An aghast Sheikh Hasina at a press conference a day after the attack on August 21, 2004. Photo: File

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