At least 1 dead, 6 wounded in Dhaka fighting-doctor

Heavy gunfire broke out at the headquarters of the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in Dhaka on Wednesday, and at least one person was killed and six others wounded, a doctor told Reuters.

Bangladesh, an impoverished South Asian country of more than 140 million, has seen a number of successful and failed military coups in its history, but the factors behind Wednesday's incident were not immediately clear.

Witnesses said army troops entered the BDR headquarters and also took up positions in nearby areas as a military helicopter hovered overhead.