The Associated Press is reporting the following breaking news:
Local media say army tanks are rolling toward the Bangladeshi capital hours after the prime minister warned mutinous border guards to end their two-day rebellion.
The revolt by border guards angry over pay spread from the capital Thursday despite an agreement with the original band of mutineers to surrender. That agreement later appeared to founder.
Private television stations reported that several tanks had taken up positions near the compound seized by the guards Wednesday.
At least 10 people have been confirmed dead in Dhaka, but officials fear up to 50 people may have been killed there.
BBC also reports that heavy gunfire has resumed at BDR headquarters and the Prime Minister has warned of tough action:
Bangladesh’s prime minister has warned she will take tough action against mutinous border guards unless they surrender their weapons immediately.
“Do not force me to take tough actions or push my patience beyond tolerable limits,” Sheikh Hasina said.
A mutiny by the paramilitary troops in Dhaka on Wednesday has spread outside the capital, reports say.
Latest reports from Dhaka speak of at least 10 tanks moving towards the border guards’ headquarters.
In a televised address to the nation earlier on Thursday, the prime minister warned the mutineers: “Lay down your guns immediately and go back to barracks.”
However, heavy gunfire resumed on Thursday at the border guards’ barracks in the Pilkhana area of Dhaka, where a small number of guards had begun surrendering their weapons.
Schools in the surrounding area have been closed for the day.
Mobile phone services have been suspended across the country, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission said, in a bid to stop the rebellion spreading, although there is thought to be service in some parts of Dhaka.
The situation is escalating at a rapid pace. With tanks on the streets, further bloodshed seems assured.