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Nearly 200 mutineers arrested: official

world Updated: Feb 27, 2009 13:46 IST
Nearly 200 mutineers arrested in Bangladesh: official

Bangladeshi security forces have arrested nearly 200 members of the country's border security force following a two-day mutiny in the capital Dhaka, a security official said on Friday.

"We have arrested nearly 200 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) troops who fled their barracks in civilian dress," a spokesman for the Rapid Action Batallion, the country's elite internal security force, told AFP.

"We were given orders to arrest the mutineers."

The spokesman, Commander Abul Kalam Azad, said checkpoints had been set up at all routes leading out of the capital Dhaka and surrounding the BDR barracks.

"We are searching buses and trucks for any other rebel troops."

At least 22 people were confirmed to have died during the standoff that began on Wednesday. The mutiny ended late on Thursday after the border guards surrendered.