Bangladesh Executes Chief of Militant Group HuJI, Two Aides

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid had rejected their mercy pleas on Sunday.

Bangladesh on Wednesday executed Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami chief Mufti Abdul Hannan and his two associates for their execution of an attack on a shrine that killed three people and wounded the British High Commissioner at the time.

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid had on Sunday rejected their mercy pleas.

On 19 March, the Supreme Court reconfirmed an earlier verdict of itself endorsing death penalty of Hannan, and the two others for the 2004 attack on the then UK envoy.

The then Bangladeshi-born British High Commissioner Anwar Chowdhury narrowly escaped the grenade attack at a shrine in northeastern Sylhet that killed three people, all policemen, and injured 70 others. Anwar sustained minor injuries.

The HuJI operatives carried out the attack at the shrine of Saint Hazrat Shahjalal in Sylhet, also the birthplace of Chowdhury, as he went to visit there 18 days into his new assignment in Dhaka.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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