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Dhaka mutiny over, 'hundreds arrested'

Latest update : 2009-02-27

The Bangladesh Rifle mutiny ended with the border guards surrendering to authorities Friday, while Bangladeshi security forces arrested nearly 200 fleeing members of the group, according to a security official.

REUTERS  - Bangladeshi security forces have arrested nearly 200 members of the country's border security force following a two-day mutiny in the capital Dhaka, a security official said Friday.
   
"We have arrested nearly 200 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) troops who fled their barracks in civilian dress," a spokesman for the Rapid Action Batallion, the country's elite internal security force, told AFP.
   
"We were given orders to arrest the mutineers."
   
The spokesman, Commander Abul Kalam Azad, said checkpoints had been set up at all routes leading out of the capital Dhaka and surrounding the BDR barracks.
   
"We are searching buses and trucks for any other rebel troops."
   
At least 22 people were confirmed to have died during the standoff that began Wednesday. The mutiny ended late Thursday after the border guards surrendered.

Date created : 2009-02-27

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