At least one person was killed and several others were wounded following a mutiny at the Dhaka headquarters of Bangladesh's border security forces.
Bangladeshi troops are trying to quell a mutiny that's taking place in the capital, Dhaka.
Heavy gunfire erupted at the headquarters of the paramilitary border guard in the city's Pilkhana area.
The complex also houses a school, where many students are feared to be trapped.
The shooting sowed panic among residents living close to the barracks.
(SOUNDBITE) (Bengali) WITNESS, MOHAMMAD MANTOO, SAYING:
"At 0900 a.m. in the morning, the firing started, some soldiers have also come out of the headquarters and we are unable to move through this area".
The revolt comes a day after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited the headquarters to hand out medals.
The Bangladesh Rifles' main duty is guarding the country's borders, but they're often used to support the army and police.
The rebellion is unprecedented in the Rifles' history.
Bangladesh television showed flames and thick smoke billowing from the complex.
Hundreds of soldiers took up position around the barracks as gunfire and large blasts resounded through the empty streets.
Local television said scores of civilians have been injured in crossfire.
Hospitals are receiving a steady flow of wounded people.
The government is urging the mutineers to lay down their weapons, but there's little sign of that happening for now.
Helen Long, Reuters
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