India, Bangladesh continue joint military exercise despite mutiny in Dhaka


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Feb 19, 2009
NEW DELHI, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- India and Bangladesh continued their first joint military exercise in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district Thursday despite an on-going mutiny in Bangladesh, reported the private Indo-Asian News Service.

The Indian Army, Air Force and Bangladesh Army started on Feb. 22 the two-week exercise "to test their battlefield tactics," said the report.

"The exercise is not in any ways affected by the developments in Bangladesh," the report quoted an unnamed senior army official as saying.

Indian Army and Air Force personnel held a firepower demonstration at a firing range Tuesday, while some of the most powerful weapons in the Indian armoury, like Bofors guns, T-27 guns from the artillery and MiG-27, MiG-17 and Cheetah helicopters took part in the exercise, said the report.

The exercise is also aimed at anti-terrorist purposes to fight "terrorist and insurgency problems", said the report.

Thousands of Bangladesh Rifles para-military soldiers staged a mutiny Wednesday in Dhaka against to press for a series of demands including increasing salary and getting better facilities.

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