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1 killed, 6 injured as Myanmar fires mortar shells in Bangladesh


Locals said that bullets landed in a thicket beside the house of one Shah Alam in Konarpara, creating panic among local people.

Border Guard Bangladesh has stepped up patrols and surveillance in the area following the incident (Photo: Representational)

At least one person was killed and six others ,including a Rohingya child, sustained critical injuries in firing and mortar shelling from across the Myanmar border in Gumdhum of Bandarban on Friday.

The mortar shells landed in no man’s land, injuring three Rohingya people in the evening. One of them, Md Iqbal, 17, succumbed to injuries, Deputy Commissioner Yasmin Parvin Tibrizi said.

Locals said that bullets landed in a thicket beside the house of one Shah Alam in Konarpara, creating panic among local people.

Earlier in the day, a Bangladeshi youth was injured in a landmine explosion along the Headmanpara border area at Tumbru. The injured has been identified as 22-year-old Athwaing Tangchangya. He lost one of his legs in the explosion.

The incident took place at around 3:15 pm on Friday near pillar No 35 of the Myanmar border. Locals said Athwaing went near the border area to bring his cattle home when he stepped onto a landmine.

Athwaing was first admitted to Kutupalong MSF Hospital and then Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital. He was later referred to Chittagong Medical College Hospital.

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INCIDENT SPARKS PANIC

Meanwhile, the incident sparked panic among the residents of the area. Border Guard Bangladesh has stepped up patrols and surveillance in the area following the incident.

Locals said that the Myanmar forces have laid hundreds of mines along their borders with Bangladesh. Panic spread in the area in August when the Myanmar border security force, Border Guard Police (BGP), hurled mortar shells at the Tumbru no man’s land area.

Two unexploded mortar shells were recovered from the spot on August 28. On September 3, Myanmar helicopters intruded to within 300 to 400 yards of Bangladeshi airspace at Naikhongchhari point several times. Shells and gunshots were fired from warplanes and helicopters, local people reported.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh has already summoned the Myanmar envoy to Dhaka thrice over the issue.

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