Yard officers join Dhaka mutiny probe

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The Independent Online

A four-member team from Britain's Scotland Yard has arrived in the Bangladeshi capital to help police investigate a bloody mutiny that killed more than 70 people, mostly army officers, two weeks ago.

The team from the London Metropolitan Police is expected to advise Bangladeshi investigators deal with "complex investigations," a British High Commission statement said today.

Two FBI agents arrived on Sunday to assist with the investigation, which is being carried out by three separate police, military and government bodies.

Forensic tests, meanwhile, yesterday identified two more bodies recovered earlier as those of officers reported missing, bringing the military death toll to 58. Sixteen others, including two army wives, were among the dead, while three other officers remain missing.

The government appointed Commerce Minister Faruq Khan to coordinate all the investigations into the 25-26 February revolt at the Dhaka headquarters of the Bangladesh Rifles, a paramilitary border patrol force commanded by army officers.