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Special Report, Dhaka, 21 August 2023: 21 August 2004. In front of the central office of Awami League on Bangabandhu Avenue, a temporary stage was built on a truck and an anti-terrorism, militancy and anti-corruption rally was going on. At 5:22 in the afternoon, the stage shook with a loud sound the moment the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina finished her speech. Thirteen grenades exploded in a span of just one and a half minutes, filling the air with smoke. A total of 24 people were killed in this grenade attack, including Ivy Rahman, the top leader of Awami League and late President Zillur Rahman's wife. Hundreds of party and organization leaders and supporters were injured.
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, 21 August 2023: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid a wreath at the temporary altar in memory of those killed in the 21 August grenade attack. She first paid her respects as Prime Minister at the Shaheed Bedi built in front of the Awami League's central office. Later, the Awami League president went with Obaidul Quader, the party's general secretary, to pay their tributes.
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, August 22: Talking about BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's involvement in the August 21 grenade attack, Sheikh Hasina said, if you follow Khaleda Zia's statements, you will get proof of it.