Border Guards Seize Mall in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Mutinous Bangladesh border guards
opened fire at their headquarters in the capital Wednesday and
seized a nearby shopping mall, injuring several people in an
insurrection apparently sparked by pay disputes, television reports
said.

Gunshots and mortar shells boomed at the well-guarded complex of
the Bangladesh Rifles, surrounded by busy shopping malls, colleges
and residential buildings, private TV stations Bangla Vision and
ETV said.

Officials could not be immediately reached for comment on the
violence.

An ETV correspondent reporting live from the scene said guards
came out of their barracks and seized a conference hall where
officers were meeting. The report said troops of the Bangladesh
Rifles, the official name of the country's border guards, chanted
slogans for more pay and better facilities.

Several bystanders outside the complex were injured and taken to
state-run Dhaka Medical College Hospital, ETV said.

Some of the troops also stormed out of the complex and seized a
nearby shopping mall, ETV reported.

The fighting occurred a day after newly elected Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina visited the headquarters and addressed the troops,
urging them to become "more disciplined and remain ever ready to
guard the country's frontiers."

Neighbors reported seeing smoke billowing out from the complex.


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