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Mutineers surrender after bloody Bangladesh protest

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Mutinous soldiers in Bangladesh have begun handing over their weapons in line with an amnesty offer to end a revolt that has claimed some 50 lives. Troops from the Bangladesh Rifles paramilitary had been demanding better pay and conditions. The fighting erupted at the Rifles main base in the capital, Dhaka, on Wednesday, but spread to other areas around the country.

It is not clear how many have turned their guns over and returned to base, as the government amnesty required. Bangladesh has had several military coups since independence in 1971 but this revolt does not appear to have been politically motivated. However, it has deepened instability in the impoverished country that only last month returned to democracy after nearly two years of army-backed emergency rule.