Heavy gunbattle in Dhaka's paramilitary HQ
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Dhaka, Feb 25: Heavy gunbattle is reported in paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Headquarters in Pilkhana area in Dhaka on Wednesday, Feb 25. Initial reports suggest that DG of BDR is shot. The incident has killed 20 so far.
Artillery and rifles were also reportedly fired. Hundreds of civilians are injured in front of the BDR headquarters.
The gunfire sparked off when the Director General of BDR, Major Shakil Ahmed was conducting a roll call inside the force's headquarters. Several officials are trapped inside as the rioting soldiers are on with the exchange of fire.
The BDR is a paramilitary force responsible for primarily guarding the country's borders. The force, more than 65,000-strong, also takes part in other operations, such as monitoring polls.
The force's headquarters are in Dhaka, but it has several outposts along the borders.