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2006-03-02 05:29:59

By Nizam Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) - An Islamist militant leader blamed for a string of deadly blasts across Bangladesh surrendered on Thursday after a house he was hiding in was besieged by security forces for over 24 hours, officials said. They said Shayek Abdur Rahman gave himself up in the northeastern city of Sylhet and was whisked away to the capital, Dhaka, for interrogation. "Shayek Abdur Rahman along with two of his associates have come out of hiding and surrendered," said...

2006-03-02 03:42:31

By Nizam Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) - An Islamist militant leader blamed for a string of deadly blasts across Bangladesh is in custody after surrendering following a 24-hour siege, officials said on Wednesday. They said Shayek Abdur Rahman gave himself up in the northeastern city of Sylhet and was whisked away to the capital, Dhaka, for interrogation. "Shayek Abdur Rahman along with two of his associates have come out of hiding and surrendered," said Lieutenant-Colonel Nurul Momen of...

2006-02-25 12:56:49

By Anis Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) - At least 16 people were killed and 50 injured when a four-storey textile factory collapsed in Bangladesh's capital on Saturday, witnesses said. The Phoenix mill, in Dhaka's Mahakhali area, came down at around 11 a.m. (0500 GMT) with some 150 workers inside. Army, police and fire brigade rescuers said many could still be trapped under tons of concrete. Some of the injured were in a critical condition. "It may take several days to clear all the debris,"...

2006-02-25 09:04:48

DHAKA (Reuters) - At least 16 people were killed and 50 injured when a four-storey textiles factory collapsed in the Bangladesh capital on Saturday, witnesses and hospital officials said. The Phoenix mill, in Dhaka's Mahakhali area, came down at around 11 a.m. (0500 GMT) with some 150 workers inside. Army, police and fire brigade rescuers trying to find survivors said many could still be trapped under tonnes of concrete. Some of the injured were in a critical condition. "It may take...

2006-02-03 00:35:00

DHAKA (Reuters) - Police in Bangladesh have detained hundreds of opposition activists in a countrywide crackdown trying to foil a "long march" planned to reach Dhaka on Sunday, opposition leaders said. The march is the latest campaign by the opposition to force Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia to resign before a January 2007 general election. Her opponents accuse her of corruption and failure to govern, charges she dismisses. Police said thousands of marchers began the journey from...

2006-02-02 02:33:37

DHAKA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Pakistani refugees clamoring to be repatriated clashed with police in the Bangladesh capital on Thursday and up to 30 people were injured and 20 detained. Witnesses said the violence erupted when the refugees, known as Biharis as their forefathers migrated to former East Pakistan from India's Bihar state, tried to march to the Pakistan embassy. They wanted to hand over a memorandum demanding their repatriation to Pakistan, while other demands included...

2005-12-17 03:56:37

By Krittivas Mukherjee KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - India is deploying thousands of new troops on its frontier with Bangladesh and setting up hundreds of more border posts to check illegal migration and movement of armed militants, a top official said. New Delhi decided to bolster its eastern border defenses in September to crack down on militants moving in from Bangladesh, although Dhaka denies anti-India elements are using its soil. In recent weeks, Bangladesh has been rocked by a...

2005-12-17 02:15:58

DHAKA (Reuters) - Police in Bangladesh seized a huge amount of bombs and explosives and arrested four militants in the second major success this week against radicals fighting for Islamic rule, officials said on Saturday. The elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) force uncovered the arms cache in Rajshahi city, 300 km (185 miles) northwest of the capital Dhaka, on Friday. "Two hundred bombs, 2,000 detonators, 144 pieces of power gel explosives and bomb making materials were seized from...

2005-12-11 01:09:41

DHAKA (Reuters) - Security forces went on special alert in the Bangladesh capital on Sunday after a bomb hit a car near the city's diplomatic area, wounding two people, police said. Armed police and commandos of elite Rapid Action Battalion cordoned off the area and searched vehicles and pedestrians following Saturday night's blast. Police said although the bomb was small, it was "a chilling reminder" that the perpetrators of recent countrywide bombings were still active. Police...

2005-12-10 09:13:03

DHAKA (Reuters) - Police in Bangladesh hunting for Islamist suicide bombers have seized explosives and detained 30 militants, a Home Ministry official said on Saturday. "Some 22 kg (48 lb) of explosives including gunpowder, gel, iron chips and other bomb making materials were recovered from a hideout in northern Tangail late on Friday," the official said. Police raided the hideout, on a remote fish farm in Tangail, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of the capital Dhaka, after a tip-off....