Bangladesh mutiny tops crisis report

BRUSSELS, March 2 (UPI) -- The violent mutiny in Bangladesh that resulted in the death of more than 70 people topped the International Crisis Group's February CrisisWatch report.

The Belgium-based non-governmental organization said in its monthly CrisisWatch report that the mutiny staged by the Bangladesh Rifles paramilitary border force was among four "actual or potential" conflicts that deteriorated in February, the group reported.


The BDR paramilitary force took an estimated 130 senior military officers hostage and killed more than 70 people during the mutiny that threatened widespread violence. Despite the hostilities, a possible coup was prevented.

The CrisisWatch report also cited the Sri Lankan army's ongoing campaign targeting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam militant organization in the north of the country. Officials said the military campaign is increasingly threatening the approximately 200,000 civilians stuck in the volatile region.

The February report also included "tensions between North and South Korea" and strikes in Guatemala that "led to violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces" as conflicts that deteriorated during the month.

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