Bangladesh army hunts mutineers after deadly revolt
Troops fanned out across Bangladesh on Monday to hunt 1,000 fugitive soldiers blamed for a revolt by border guards which left 78 dead and scores more missing, mainly army officers.
The bloodshed has left Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who took office just over two months ago, facing a major crisis which analysts say could bring further instability to the impoverished South Asian nation.
Hasina has ordered the army to join the search for the mutineers, and has also sought help from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and British police.
“We have given the rebels who fled 24 hours to surrender and that expired at 4:00 pm Sunday, so I have summoned the army and other forces to hunt them,” the prime minister told parliament late Sunday.
Hasina said arrest warrants had been issued for 1,000 mutineers and accomplices “who organised cars, boats to help (the mutineers) flee” were also being sought.
The soldiers fled the Dhaka headquarters of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Thursday, apparently dressed as civilians, after a 33-hour mutiny which turned the capital into a battle zone.
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