Bangladeshi military officials say troops
have uncovered a mass grave believed to hold the bodies of at least 66 officers
killed by mutinous border guards in Dhaka this week.
Officials say troops
found dozens of bodies as they searched the guards' headquarters, where the
bloody two-day revolt unfolded.
Military officials say the dead body of
the commander of the Bangladesh Rifles border guards, Major General Shakil
Ahmed, was found inside the compound.
Hundreds of border guards fled
after giving up their weapons on Thursday.
In a dramatic scene Friday,
onlookers stood by as military tanks rolled into the compound unchallenged, and
police and soldiers began surveying the carnage left behind. Scores of guard
officers remain missing.
Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina sent military tanks
throughout Dhaka to help calm the situation.
Bangladeshi authorities have
arrested at least 300 border guards who allegedly took part in the
The rebel guards laid down their weapons after the prime minister
vowed to look into their grievances, which include demands for better
Tensions have long been simmering among the Bangladeshi border
guards, who complain they are treated like second-class citizens by the
country's military. The guards' main job is to patrol the country's borders, but
they also can serve as a backup for the army and police.
Some information for this report was provided by
AFP and AP.