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Millions Attend Final Prayers at Muslim Gathering in Bangladesh


Millions of Muslims from around the world have attended final mass prayers on a riverbank near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, at the end of an annual Islamic gathering.

Bangladeshi President Iajuddin Ahmed, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and opposition leader Sheikh Hasina joined the prayers in Tongi where the Biswa Ijtema, or World Muslim Congregation, was held.

The government assigned more than 20,000 troops to guard the three-day event. No violence has been reported.

Bangladesh has been on high alert since last August, when 400 almost simultaneous explosions shook the country.

The blasts have been linked to an outlawed Islamic group, Jamaitul Mujahedin, which wants to impose strict Islamic law in Bangladesh.

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