Mutinous Bangladeshi Border Guards Agree to Surrender

Article Date: 
25 Feb 2009

Disgruntled border guards who went on a shooting spree against their superiors in the crowded Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka on Wednesday agreed to surrender after the government promised amnesty, officials said. At least five people were killed and more than 20 were injured, police said. The guards were apparently motivated by demands for higher pay and better living conditions.

The firefight began about 10 a.m. when mutinous members of the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles -- also known as the BDR -- took an unknown number of hostages inside their headquarters. It went on throughout the day. The campus also includes a school where children were trapped inside, according to media reports. There were also concerns for people at a nearby shopping center reportedly seized by the rebel troops.

The mutiny is the first crisis for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's fragile government, which came to power after a peaceful election in late December, succeeding a military-backed interim government.

Article Author: 
Emily Wax
Article Source: 
Washington Post