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In pictures: Bangladesh violence

BDR guards prepare to surrender arms at their headquarters in Dhaka, 26 Feb 2009

The Bangladeshi government says that mutinous paramilitary border guards have surrendered after a two-day revolt. [Warning: Some of these images may be disturbing.]

Dead soldiers lie beside the Buriganga river in Dhaka 26 February 2009

The scale of the loss of life remains unclear, but one government minister said as many as 50 officers may have been killed.

Bangladeshi hostages after their release from the BDR headquarters in Dhaka 26 February 2009

The relief was evident on the faces of hostages released by the border guards, after being held captive in the heart of the capital Dhaka.

BDR guards carry ammunition into their headquarters in Dhaka, 25 Feb 2009

The mutiny erupted at the headquarters of the Bangladesh Rifles border guards in the Pilkhana area of Dhaka on Wednesday.

Border guards carry an injured colleague inside the Bangladesh Rifles HQ in Dhaka on 25/2/09

They are said to have acted over long-standing anger about their pay and conditions.

Policemen take cover as shots are fired outside the BDR headquarters in Dhaka, 26 Feb 2009

Bangladeshi army troops moved in amid reports that guards had taken some of their officers hostages.

Civilians run for cover outside the headquarters of the Bangladesh Rifles in Dhaka on 25/2/09

Civilians were sent fleeing for shelter as the violence continued throughout the day.

Bangladesh Rifles soldier at HQ in Dhaka on 26/2/09

The mutiny reportedly spread from the capital Dhaka, with rank-and-file soldiers seizing control of their barracks and camps in at least 12 different towns and cities.

BDR guards listen to PM Hasina's televised speech inside the BDR headquarters in Dhaka 26 Feb 2009

In a televised address on Wednesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina offered the mutineers an amnesty and promised to address their grievances.

The body of a paramilitary guard is dragged from a river in Dhaka on 26/2/09

Analysts expressed concern at how a dispute over pay and conditions could have escalated so suddenly, surprisingly and violently.

Relatives mourn after a BDR officer's body is recovered in Dhaka, 26 Feb 2009

The unrest is the first major crisis for Sheikh Hasina since she took office after a landslide election victory in December, ending two years of army-backed rule.



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