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Guards mutiny, leave 76 dead, 72 missing

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladesh's military said 72 officers were still missing Saturday after a two-day mutiny by border guards in which at least 76 people died.

Firefighters were searching shallow graves and sewers at the border guards' headquarters in the capital, Dhaka, where the bodies of senior officers were hurriedly dumped by the mutineers. Workers also scoured nearby areas.

Among the dead was Maj. Gen. Shakil Ahmed, commander of the Bangladesh Rifles border force, and a woman who authorities believed was his wife.

Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Mahmud Hossain said at least 33 officers survived, but 72 were still unaccounted for.

The insurrection erupted Wednesday over the guards' complaints that their pay hasn't kept pace with soldiers in the army -- anger aggravated by the rise in food prices that has accompanied the global economic crisis. The guards earn about $100 a month.


7 arrested after heist of $9 million in Dublin

DUBLIN (AP) -- Police recovered millions in stolen cash and interrogated seven suspects Saturday, a day after a gang took a bank employee's family hostage and forced him to rob his own branch.

Police said that shortly before midnight they raided a house in Dublin and stopped a car on a highway ringing Dublin. A third of the stolen $9 million has been recovered.

Sgt. Alan Roughneen said five men and a woman were arrested at the home and one man was arrested in the car.

On Friday, six armed, masked men stormed into the rural home of Bank of Ireland employee Shane Travers. They tied up his partner, her 5-year-old son and her mother, and told Travers they would be killed unless he cooperated.

Travers agreed. His family was abandoned inside a van north of Dublin but escaped and were not seriously harmed.

Friday's robbery at the Bank of Ireland branch in College Green was the biggest in the history of the Republic of Ireland.


Turbulence eyed in Turkish plane crash

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Investigators are examining turbulence as one of the possible causes of the Turkish Airlines crash that killed nine people and injured more than 100 near Amsterdam's main airport, a spokesman said Saturday.

Fred Sanders, a spokesman for the Dutch Safety Authority investigation team, also said the wreckage that has lain in a field since it plunged out of the sky Wednesday one mile short of the runway at Schiphol airport could be moved today.

A Turkish pilots' group claimed that turbulence from a large plane landing there shortly before the doomed flight may have caused the crash.

Turkey Airline Pilots' Association Secretary-General Savas Sen said a large Boeing 757 had landed at Schiphol two minutes earlier. Sen said that plane most likely created "wake turbulence" that hampered the Turkish aircraft's landing.

Wake turbulence forms behind an aircraft as it passes through the air.

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