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BAF jets, navy ships deployed near Myanmar border

  • Published at 02:13 PM September 02, 2017
  • Last updated at 11:26 AM September 03, 2017
BAF jets, navy ships deployed near Myanmar border
Two MiG-29 aircraft of the Bangladesh Air Force bank during a maneuver Bangladesh Air Force

The deployment is a possible response to the border intrusions by Myanmar over the past few days

Bangladesh has deployed an air group and a navy group at Chittagong near the Myanmar border, according to senior defense sources.

The deployment is a possible response to Myanmar armed forces crossing the border into Bangladesh on August 27, 28 and September 1. On Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a diplomatic note to the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka after helicopters crossed over into Bangladesh on three occasions throughout the day.

The Dhaka Tribune reached out to the Inter Services Public Relations Directorate on Sunday to inquire about the matter.

Also Read- Bangladesh protests airspace violation by Myanmar helicopters

ISPR Director Lt Col Rashidul Hasan declined to confirm any such military move, but confirmed a flight group near Chittagong.

He said the flight group was on a air defence alert over Chittagong which the air force performs on a routine basis.

Myanmar armed forces have been involved in a fresh wave of conflict in the Rakhine state bordering Bangladesh. The conflict has seen hundreds die, even during attempts to flee to Bangladesh. Thousands have managed to escape to Bangladesh and are now living in destitute conditions as refugees while insurgent Rohingya forces have engaged Myanmar armed forces.

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