Sanjay Jha, thanks for getting this story out so quickly. It will now show up on the home page for four hours. If new developments justify it, I'll renew this flag for another cycle.
Bangladesh troop mutinies break out beyond Dhaka
The bloody mutiny by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) soldiers in the capital Dhaka has spread outside the city even though they had laid their arms at their headquarters.
Police chiefs in six border districts have told News agency AFP that guards in their areas had joined a rebellion unfolding in the capital Dhaka since Wednesday. Bangladeshi news channels are also reporting rebellions in 12 border districts -- or roughly a quarter of the areas where border security forces are stationed.
The event, Fifty Bangladeshi army officers were feared dead after thousands of border guards, sent Dhaka into a war footing yesterday as the paramilitaries fired several thousand shots from machine guns.
Mutinies by members of the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) have broken out in various towns around the country even as BDR violence in the capital Dhaka was being contained, police and witnesses said on Thursday.
Nearly 50 people were killed in Dhaka as BDR troops fought among themselves on Wednesday after shooting began in their headquarters over a pay dispute and other issues, a government minister said on Thursday.
The mutinous soldiers in Dhaka were laying down their arms on Thursday after accepting an offer of amnesty from the government, but outside the capital there were shooting incidents involving BDR troops in more than a dozen towns, local police officials told Reuters reporters.
"Fighting is raging outside the BDR camp, with troops coming on the street holding up guns and shooting," said a Reuters witness in Sylhet, in the northeast of the country.
There were no immediate reports of casualties.
The turmoil underscores the challenges facing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Hasina won parliamentary elections in December that returned the impoverished country to democracy after nearly two years of army-backed emergency rule, and the incident is a blow to her efforts to attract foreign investment and convince foreign aid donors the country is on a path to stability.
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