Shafiq Alam

Rescuers race to save ferry disaster survivors

At least seven people are dead and another 150 are missing after a ferry sank in Bangladesh. So far, 35 survivors have been found.

The tale of the accidental hangman

As a teenager, Babul Miah was sent to prison for a murder he says he never committed but the promise of an early release turned him into a hangman.

Bangladesh military launches rival mutiny probe

The Bangladesh military on Tuesday launched its own probe into a savage mutiny by troops against their officers.

Bangladesh army hunts mutineers after deadly revolt

Troops fanned out across Bangladesh on Monday to hunt 1 000 fugitive soldiers blamed for a revolt by border guards that left 78 dead.

Over 10 000 arrested in Bangladesh crackdown

At least 10 000 people have been detained over the past week in a major crackdown on crime in emergency-ruled Bangladesh, the country's police chief said on Wednesday.

Devoured by the sea: Victims share their stories

As waves engulfed her home, Rahima Begum struggled desperately to keep her two-year-old son's head above the water. Then she told her husband she could not hold on any longer. ''She was wearing a sari which made swimming difficult. She was drowning under the huge waves,'' said said Khalilur Rahman Hawlader.

Militants to be put to death for Bangladesh bombings

A court sentenced 21 Islamic militants to death on Tuesday for their part in a deadly wave of blasts that saw more than 400 bombs explode almost simultaneously across Bangladesh last year. The bombings killed three people and rocked a nation which had previously denied having a serious problem with extremism.

Five-storey building collapses in Bangladesh

A five-storey building undergoing renovations collapsed in the Bangladeshi capital on Saturday, killing at least 16 people and injuring 45, the army said. The building housed a garment-making outlet and street-level shops. Police said many workers were inside the building at the time of the collapse but had no exact tally.

Two killed as 350 bombs explode in Bangladesh

About 350 small bombs exploded within an hour of each other across Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring more than 100 in an unprecedented attack initially linked to banned Islamic extremists. The bombs, which killed a man and a 10-year-old boy, exploded in almost all of Bangladesh's 64 towns and cities.

Fading hopes for survivors in collapsed building

Hopes were fading on Wednesday for more than 100 people feared trapped in a collapsed Bangladesh factory as rescuers raced against the clock to reach anyone still alive in the rubble. Officials said it is possible for people trapped in voids to survive for up to four days. Twenty-eight bodies have so far been recovered.

Hunt continues for survivors in collapsed factory

Rescue workers trying to reach 90 people trapped under the rubble of a collapsed factory in Bangladesh warned on Tuesday that time is running out to find survivors, as the death toll reached 25. Firefighters, police and army engineers desperately searched for anyone still alive after the nine-storey building fell early on Monday.

Up to 200 trapped in collapsed factory

Up to 200 workers are believed trapped in the rubble of an eight-storey factory that collapsed in Bangladesh on Monday. Fifteen people have been confirmed killed, officials said. The concrete building, packed with night-shift workers, caved in soon after midnight when a boiler exploded, said a police spokesperson.

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