Bangladesh rescues, returns abducted soldiers

Bangladesh has handed over two Tatmadaw personnel rescued from dense jungle where they had been held captive by a suspected separatist group, the Dhaka Tribune reported on July 17.

The two soldiers were handed over by a Border Guard Bangladesh team to Myanmar Border Guard Police at the Mytri bridge earlier on July 17, it said.

The discovery of the pair on July 14 came during the final day of a 10-day operation to search for militant hideouts in the jungle area near the borders with Myanmar and India, the newspaper had reported earlier.

The operation was the last of three searches conducted in the area since February, the daily had quoted BGB deputy director general Colonel Khondoker Farid Hussein as telling a Dhaka news conference on July 15.

The “terrorists” had fled during the operation and left the pair in the jungle, Col Farid said.

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It is not known when the men were abducted. Heavy fighting was reported in March between the Tatmadaw and the rebel Arakan Army in the north of Rakhine State near the border with Bangladesh.

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