At least six refugees were killed and 10 others were injured on Friday in a violent clash between two groups of Rohingya refugees at a camp in the southern part of Bangladesh. Shihab Kaiser Khan, Commander of the Armed Police Battalion, which handled the security of the camp, said that the clash took place in Cox’s Bazar district, when a group opened fire, resulting in the death of four people on the spot. Two people died during treatment in the hospital. At the same time, the treatment of the injured is going on.
It is not yet clear what led to the clash between the two groups. However, local media say that the two sides were fighting to establish dominance in the camp over illegal drug smuggling. Bangladesh officials said that earlier some Rohingya groups were also involved in serious crimes such as kidnapping and extortion and also smuggled drugs from Myanmar, where they lived before coming to Bangladesh. Significantly, after increasing violence in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees settled in Bangladesh.
11 lakh Rohingya reached Bangladesh after fleeing Myanmar
Commander Shihab Kaiser Khan said that a person from the Rohingya community has been arrested and weapons have also been recovered from him. However, he did not give any detailed information in this regard. He said the police were conducting searches in the camp to trace the suspects. The violence came nearly three weeks after an international representative of Rohingya refugees was shot dead at a camp in Ukhiya on Friday. More than 1.1 million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have taken refuge in Bangladesh after suffering all kinds of persecution. Is.
Myanmar army accused of harassment
In fact, in Myanmar, with a Buddhist majority population, the army intensified its crackdown on the Muslim ethnic group in August 2017. After this, lakhs of Rohingya fled to Bangladesh. Myanmar’s military has reportedly been accused of raping, killing women and setting thousands of homes on fire. It has been termed ethnic cleansing by global rights groups and the United Nations. At the same time, Bangladesh and Myanmar have made arrangements to send the Rohingya back to their residence, but they are very afraid to return home.
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