B'desh to deploy 20,000 troops for SAARC summit

The heavy security follows a series of small bombs blasts last month by a group demanding the implementation of Islamic law.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2005 03:40 IST

Bangladesh will deploy 20,000 troops to ensure security at next month's summit of South Asian leaders, the official BSS news agency said on Thursday.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, which begins on November 12, will bring the leaders of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives to Dhaka.

The heavy security follows a series of small bombs blasts last month across the country by a group demanding the implementation of Islamic law. Three people were killed and more than 100 injured in the explosions.

The summit was meant to take place from January 9-11 but it was cancelled after last December's tsunami disaster that battered Asian nations.

Rescheduled for February 6-7, it was postponed again at the last minute after India pulled out citing security concerns in the region.

SAARC was founded in 1985 to forge economic solidarity and boost living standards among the region's 1.4 billion people.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said last month that the August bombings would not affect the summit.

First Published: Sep 08, 2005 09:22 IST