Islamic gathering expected to draw 3 million devotees in Bangladesh

A three-day Islamic gathering that is expected to draw more than 3 million devotees to the banks of a river near the nation's capital began Friday amid tight security.


Authorities deployed some 10,000 security officials to guard the World Congregation of Muslims at a 77-hectare (190-acre) site on the banks of River Turag in Tongi, just north of Dhaka, as hundreds of thousands of Muslims began arriving for the event, local government official Azmat Ullah Khan said. (AP)