Bangladesh army claims to have foiled coup attempt

Intell­igence offici­als repeat­edly warned that "fanati­c" milita­nts with links to milita­ry may try to oust Hasina.


Reuters January 19, 2012

DHAKA: The Bangladesh army has foiled a coup planned against the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a military spokesman said on Thursday. 

Bangladesh has a history of coups with army generals running the impoverished South Asian nation for 15 years until the end of 1990.

"Specific information has been unearthed that some officers in military service have been involved in the conspiracy to topple the system of democratic governance," Brigadier General Muhammad Masud Razzaq told reporters.

He said the officers had been identified. Some had been detained and would be presented before a military court.

Intelligence officials had repeatedly warned that "fanatic" militants with links to the military may try to oust Hasina.

"A band of fanatic officers had been trying to oust the politically established government. Their attempt has been foiled," Razzaq said.

Hasina took power in early 2009 and has since faced threats from Islamist and other radical groups.

A revolt in the country's paramilitary forces in February 2009 started in Dhaka and spread to a dozen other cities, killing more than 70 people, including 51 army officers.

The revolt was quelled after two days but the country has since been shadowed by fears of further uprisings.

COMMENTS (40)

Simon Khan | 9 years ago | Reply

Remember when General Jacob a Jewish Descent of Indian Army broke up West Pakistan and East Pakistan Erstwhile (Bangladesh).

All the Muslim Bangladeshi's have uncovered the 40 year old Jewish conspiracy now. Israel supported the break up of United Pakistan and duped India to fight its war not to have a dominated Muslim Country. Truth is out.

Do your own research and find out if it is true or not.

guevara | 9 years ago | Reply

@che: Were it not for the Bengalis, Pakistan as a separate nation from India would not have materialized.

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