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Bangladesh police detain 37 China, Taiwan nationals

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Bangladesh security forces have arrested 37 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals after raiding an illegal Internet telephone operation they were allegedly running in an upscale Dhaka neighborhood, an official said Monday.

Officers from the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) raided the apartment block late on Sunday and arrested the foreigners over the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) operation offering cheap international calls, RAB spokesman Habibur Rahman said.

“They rented the building to run an illegal VoIP business. The foreigners include seven women. Thirty-two of them are Taiwanese and the rest Chinese. They'll be handed over to a police station today,” he told AFP.

“We've examined their papers. They don't have any work permit to operate in Bangladesh,” he added.

The foreigners — most aged in their twenties and thirties — were paraded before local media along with seized telecoms equipment late on Sunday after the raid in capital's Uttara district.

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