Bangladeshis celebrate Eid amid tight security
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Members of the Rapid Action Battalion, an elite anti-terror force exchange Eid greetings while guarding an Eid prayer gathering in Dhaka. (Photo by Stephan Uttom)
ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
September 13, 2016
Bangladesh has ramped up security for celebrations marking Eid-al-Adha, or the Sacrifice Feast, one of the two major Islamic festivals amid fears over possible militant attacks.
Thousands of security personnel have been drafted in to ensure the festival passes off peacefully, police officials said.
About 150,000 law enforcement personnel including the Rapid Action Battalion, an elite anti-terror force, plainclothes detectives and border guards have deployed across the country, according to Jalal Uddin Ahmed, assistant inspector-general (media and public relations) of the Bangladesh police.
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