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Paramilitary soldiers revolt, Bangladesh tense

February 25, 2009
A rebellion broke out in the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles headquarters in Pilkhana area in Dhaka on Wednesday and heavy firing was reported from the complex as the army was called out to quell the revolt. There were reports of heavy gunfire from the complex where a 'darbar' was on between senior officers of the force and the troopers, officials and witnesses said.

A major fire was also reported with heavy smoke rising from the complex. BDR soldiers, according to reports, had opened fire on their officers, apparently over pay disputes.

Some of the personnel also reportedly stormed out of the complex and seized a nearby shopping mall, TV channels reported. Army and police personnel surrounded the headquarters while air force helicopters hovered overhead the Pilkhana barracks in central Dhaka. Heavy firing could be heard and smoke was seen rising from the complex, said an army officer.

Image: Army troopers take their positions on the street near the paramilitary headquarters of the Bangladesh Rifles in Dhaka. Photographs: Rafiqur Rahman/REUTERS

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