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Bangladeshis Celebrate Independence Day Amid Tight Security

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Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in the Bangladesh capital amid tight security to celebrate the country's 35th anniversary of independence.

Bangladeshi President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia attended a military parade in Dhaka on Sunday to mark nearly four decades of independence.

Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan in 1971 following a bloody conflict.

At least eight thousand police were deployed throughout the capital Sunday to watch for any signs of violence.

Security officials are concerned about retaliatory attacks following the arrests of two leaders of the hard-line militant group Jamayetul Mujahedin Bangladesh.

The group is believed to be responsible for a string of bombings targeting the judiciary that killed more than 25 people across the country last year. More from our Dhaka stringer, Zahurul Alam :

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