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Bangladesh Army claims foiling coup planned by 'fanatic military officers'

Dhaka, Thu, 19 Jan 2012 ANI

Dhaka, Jan 19(ANI): The Bangladesh Army has claimed that it has foiled a coup planned against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government.


Bangladeshi military spokesperson Masud Razzaq that "whole-hearted efforts of army soldiers" foiled the alleged coup planned by military officers who had "extreme religious views", The BBC reports.


Bangladesh has a history of coups, with the army running the country for 15 years until 1990.


Sheikh Hasina assumed power from a military-backed caretaker government in early 2009.


Over 70 people were killed in a revolt staged by the country's paramilitary forces after she took office. (ANI)


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