World Bulletin / News Desk
Rocket launchers and mortar shells were discovered in an arms cache unearthed in northeast Bangladesh on Tuesday, according to a Bangladeshi government paramilitary force.
The Rapid Action Battalion said there were 184 rocket launchers, 153 chargers -- necessary for the operation of the launchers -- and an array of other weapons discovered in bunkers in the Satchari forest near the eastern border with India.
"The bunkers are located 10 to 15 feet under the Satchari forest ground. We will continue the drive for a few more days to recover more arms and ammunitions from the forest and the adjoining areas,” said Habibur Rahman, the head of the Rapid Action Battalion’s media wing.
Rahman had flown to the forest with the Colonel Ziaul Ahsan, Additional Director General - Operation, to lead the operation. He told reporters that the batallion has monitored the area for a while and spent three days preparing for the operation after they confirmed the existence of the arms cache.
Rahman also told reporters they are trying to identify whether the arms had been hidden by separatist groups from neighboring Indian state Tripura.
Bangladeshi newspaper reports suggest the area was once a well-known sanctuary for the separatist All Tripura Tiger Forces -- who fight to expel "foreigners" from Tripura state -- but that the rebel group are no longer active in the area.
No arrests have yet been made in the ongoing operation but Ahsan said: "We think more arms and ammunitions are hidden under the bunkers, we’ll dig them out.”Last Mod: 04 Haziran 2014, 14:15