Bangladesh deploys some 6,000 elite soldiers

Bangladesh deployed some 6,000 elite soldiers who fanned out across the country on Wednesday.

Bangladesh deploys some 6,000 elite soldiers
Bangladesh deployed some 6,000 elite soldiers who fanned out across the country on Wednesday as intelligence reports warned that the main contenders in a Dec. 29 election may be targeted.

Former prime ministers Begum Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina have also said their lives are at risk.

Security fears increased after officials seized live grenades and a bomb with a timing device near a spot where Khaleda had addressed one of her several campaign rallies on Tuesday.

"The RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) personnel will act as a strike force, along with army troops, during and before the election, helping the civil administration and election commission conduct the vote peacefully," a senior government official said on Wednesday.

Separately, the Eurasia Group, a London-based watchdog, said on Tuesday: "Political instability will likely persist even after the 29 December general elections return the country to elected, civilian government.

"There are no guarantees that the two main political parties - the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party - or the military will accept the election results. Neither party is also likely to adopt a more mature approach to politics."


Reuters
Last Mod: 24 Aralık 2008, 13:56
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