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Mutinous guards begin surrender

February 26, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Bangladeshi border guards began surrendering today after a 20-hour mutiny that saw some of them turn weapons on senior officers over demands for better pay. Officials feared that as many as 50 people could be dead.

Home Minister Sahara Khatun received about a dozen automatic rifles from surrendering mutineers at the Dhaka headquarters of Bangladesh Rifles, the official name of the paramilitary border guards.

But as the violence subsided in Dhaka, there were reports of gunfire at several other border posts in the country.

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