Bangladesh's history recorded the August 21, 2004 grenade attack on incumbent Prime Minister and the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina as one of the most gruesome incidents, killing 24 people and wounding 500 others visibly changing the country's political course.
Sheikh Hasina, who was the assailants' key target, narrowly escaped the attack at the carnage scene at Bangabandhu Avenue where the killers exploded 8 arges grenades, though several unexploded ones were found later near the scene.
Subsequent investigation and legal procedures unveiled two former army and air force officers, Major (Retd) Shoaib Md Tarikullah and Squadron Leader (Retd) Abdullah Al Mamun, both former agents of elite Special Security Force (SSF) with specialized training in protection, whisked her away from the scene.
According to the case records and investigation documents, some 45 seconds starting from 5.18 pm were the moments when the attack was carried out while Sheikh Hasina and senior party leaders along with the two ex-officers were on a truck, which was used as the makeshift stage for the rally.
The following is a brief description of the moments, recaptured as the crucial 45 seconds, in the investigation process.
Visibly seeing Sheikh Hasina on the truck, the assailants hurl their eighth grenade from the Ramna Bhaban side in their desperate attempt to kill her. The whirling device stops under the vehicle and then explodes while its splinters pierce through the truck's fuel tank. Fuel starts pouring on the street underneath.