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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dhaka Faces Revolt

DHAKA, Bangladesh () -- Troops apparently loyal to Bangladesh President Abdur Rahman Biswas circled his palace Monday after fears of attacks by followers of sacked army chief Lieutenant-General Abu Saleh Mohammad Nasim, eyewitnesses said.


Biswas fired Nasim in a drastic move and several hours later it appeared that he was in control.


About half a dozen army tanks took up position around the palace after Biswas, in a televised broadcast, accused Nasim of planning a revolt.


Biswas said he ordered Nasim's retirement after he refused to comply with an order to send Major-General Morshed Khan, commander of Bogra Garrison, and Brigadier Miron Hamidur Rahman, deputy chief of paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles, into forced retirement. Biswas said Nasim also violated army discipline by asking troops loyal to him in other garrisons to march towards Dhaka.