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Mass arrests around Bangladesh ahead of elections

Bangladeshi police and soldiers arrested more than 2,500 people and raided the homes of several political leaders after a new caretaker government was sworn in to quell deadly unrest before elections.

Security forces arrested 2,552 people across the country on "various charges", said a statement by police in the capital Dhaka.

The arrests came after President Iajuddin Ahmed declared a state of emergency on Thursday, delayed elections, and stepped down as head of a caretaker government to end street demonstrations alleging the upcoming vote was rigged.

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