2 including Bangladeshis were killed by the mortar shell fired from Myanmar

2 including Bangladeshis were killed by the mortar shell fired from Myanmar

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Two people were killed by a mortar shell fired from Myanmar in Ghumdhum Union of Naikxyongchari Upazila of Bandarban. Among the two victims, one is a Bangladeshi woman and the other is a Rohingya man. The mortar shell fell on a kitchen in Jalpaitli village of Ghumdhum union at around 3:30 on Monday.

The deceased woman is Hosne Ara (55), wife of Badsha Mia of Jalpaitli village. The name of the deceased Rohingya is Nabi Hossain (65). He was a resident of 8th block of Balukhali shelter camp. He had come to work as a laborer in Dhankhet at Ara’s house in Hussain. Chairman of Ghumdhum Union Parishad (UP) AKM Jahangir Aziz confirmed the truth of the news of the death of these two at first light from the spot. He said Hosne Ara went to the kitchen to serve lunch to the Rohingya man around 3:30 p.m. Then the mortar shell came and fell on the kitchen.

Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Naikshyongchari Police Station Abdul Mannan said, mortar shells exploded during the firing from both sides. Two people were killed on the spot. However, this police officer commented that the bullet did not come when the bomb was dropped from the helicopter.

Residents near the border said that since Sunday night, the sound of intense gunfire has been heard from the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) battalion headquarters in Dhekibanya across the border. The fighting reportedly started there when the Arakan Army (AA), an insurgent group from Rakhine State, attacked the battalion headquarters of the BGP. Both sides are using heavy weapons including mortar shells, rocket launchers, machine guns. Earlier yesterday, another BGP outpost, Tumbru Right Camp, was reported to have been captured by the Arakan Army. The distance from that post to Dhekibania is only two kilometers.

According to local sources, earlier on January 29 and 31, gunshots were heard from across the Ghumdhum border. At that time, at least four parts of mortar shells and shells fell in Tumbru, Konarpara and West Ghumdhum.


According to BGB and police sources, 14 members of BGP escaped from across the border to Naikshyongchari during the clashes yesterday morning. A few hours later, another 54 BGP members fled through the same border. BGB disarmed them and took them to safe shelter. Out of this, 15 injured members have been treated.

The length of Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar is about 283 km. Major part of it fell in Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar districts. Several groups, including the Arakan Army, have intensified fighting in the border areas of Bangladesh and India for several weeks. They have collectively launched an operation against Myanmar’s military. Some of these have captured border towns. In the context of the conflict that has been going on for several weeks, the district administration and law enforcement forces of Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban have announced a high alert in the border areas of Bangladesh.

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