Dakha shootings

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Bangladesh: Troops Told To Lay Down Guns As Tanks Roll Towards Capital

Prime minister appeals for calm as she grapples with grave political challenge one month after being sworn into office.

Army tanks are rolling toward the Bangladeshi capital, Dakha, according to local media reports, after the prime minister ordered mutinous troops to lay down their guns immediately.

The crisis began yesterday when border guards rose up in violent protests over pay and alleged discrimination, leaving up to 50 people dead.

In a nationwide broadcast, the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, appealed for calm but also warned of tough actions as she grappled with a grave political challenge just one month after being sworn into office.

"Lay down your guns immediately and go back to barracks. Do not force me to take tough actions or push my patience beyond tolerable limits," Hasina said.

Shootings were reported at several guard posts hours after officials announced that the mutiny of guards in Dhaka had ended.

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