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'Coup plot' foiled in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh military has said it has foiled a bid by mutinous officers to overthrow the government of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

Brigadier General Muhammad Masud Razzaq told reporters that the military has specific evidence that a group of up to 16 hardline Islamic military officers - including at least two retired officers - were planning to remove the democratically elected government in a coup.

He called their plans a "heinous conspiracy".

He said two retired officers have been arrested.

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