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Tim Selby

British engineer Tim Selby

Army backed UPDF releases 3 foreign hostages in Rangamati

On 17 March 2001, a day after an amnesty offer, Bangladesh army backed UPDF released 3 European hostages.

The hostages were "released" after a fake gunfight between UPDF and Banlgadesh army about 5 km from Kashkhali army camp at 6 am (0000 GMT).

Danes Torben Mikkelsen and Nils Hulgaard and Briton Tim Selby were seized at gunpoint by army backed UPDF at Guniapara in the southeastern Chittagong Hill Tracts on February 16. UPDF demanded 1.2 million ransom for the trio.

Bangladesh army and UPDF staged the foreigner hostage drama in the CHT. It is notable that both Bangladesh army and UPDF are very keen to keep the army in CHT. UPDF will get supports and shelter from Bangladesh army and army authority can make instability of the CHT situation through the terrorist activities of the UPDF in order to justify their presence. So, it will serve the interests of both parties.


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