Possible Border Guard Insurrection in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Police and witnesses say gunshots have
rocked several border guard posts across Bangladesh, suggesting a
spreading insurrection over demands for better pay despite the
surrender of many mutineers in the capital.

Police official Jalal Ahmed Chowdhury says mutineers fired shots
at the commanding officer's residence at a border guard post in the
southern town of Tekhnaf early Thursday, sending him fleeing.

Witnesses say violence has erupted at border guard posts in
Cox's Bazar and Naikhongchari in the south, and Sylhet in the
northeast.

Border guards mutinied at the agency's headquarters in Dhaka on
Wednesday to demand better pay but agreed later to surrender when
the government agreed to grant them amnesty and discuss their
greivances.

At least three people are confirmed dead in the violence, but
officials fear up to 50 people may have been killed.


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