Mass Grave Found in Bangladesh Mutiny

At least 60 killed in border guards' rebellion
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2009 9:05 AM CST
Mass Grave Found in Bangladesh Mutiny
Anxious people gather before Bangladesh Rifles headquarters at Dhanmondi to look for their relatives in Dhaka, Bangladesh, today.   (AP Photo/Pavel Rahman)

Bangladeshi troops have discovered a mass grave in the capital after a border guard mutiny shook the country, the BBC reports. The grave contained the bodies of between 20 and 60 officers in what began as a spat over pay and conditions and has now claimed at least 60 lives. Some 200 suspected mutineers have been arrested over the two-day uprising.

“The bodies were buried underground in a makeshift grave near the hospital” in the border guards’ headquarters, one officer said. Another told a TV station that there were other mass graves and troops were “digging out dozens of decomposing bodies.” Bodies were also found in sewers and manholes. the AFP reports. A government minister called it "a grisly slaughter. We will punish these criminals.”
(More Bangladesh stories.)

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