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Dec 24, 2008 | 12:16 GMT

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Bangladesh: Massive Security Ordered For Dec. 29 Polls

An unprecedented security operation – involving 50,000 military personnel and 6,000 members of the elite Rapid Action Battalion force – has been ordered in Bangladesh ahead of Dec. 29 elections, which will follow two years of emergency rule, Channel News Asia reported Dec. 24. The nationwide military deployment is meant to help avert pre-election violence and attacks by Islamist militants, while another 600,000 police and paramilitary officers will be on patrol at voting places to guard against vote-rigging or political intimidation. Those have been problems in previous elections, which have not been held in Bangladesh since 2001.

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