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Eight detained over deadly Rohingya camp attack

  • Published at 12:01 pm October 23rd, 2021
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FILE PHOTO: More than a million Rohingyas live in a cluster of camps in Cox’s Bazar, with most having fled Myanmar during a military crackdown in 2017 Reuters

Unidentified men armed with sharp weapons and guns attacked a madrasa, killing six people

Police have, so far, detained eight people over the attack on a madrasa inside a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar.

The suspects were detained from Ukhiya late on Friday during raids in the camps, said Superintendent (SP) Shihab Kaiser, chief of the Ukhiya-based unit of the Armed Police Battalion (APBn).

 On Friday, a gang armed with sharp weapons and guns attacked the madrasa before dawn at Block H-52 of Camp 18 at Ukhiya’s Balukhali, killing six people.

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Soon after the attack, one of the assailants, who was later identified as Jasim, was held in possession of a locally-made gun and a sharp weapon, said SP Shihab.

He, however, did not disclose the identities of the others held later on Friday.

A machete is seen at the site of the attack on a madrasa at a camp for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Friday, October 22, 2021 Dhaka TribuneA case is yet to be started over the fatal attacks after the assassination of prominent Rohingya leader Md Mohib Ullah in the Kutupalong camp late last month.

Witnesses said several teacher and students of the residential madrasa fled to a nearby mosque after the attack was launched. The assailants raided the mosque and killed two people.

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Rohingyas said that a terrorist group wanted to set up a training centre at the madrasa.

However, the madrasa authorities did not agree. Three madrasa teachers, two volunteers and a student were killed in the attack, which left 10 to 12 others were critically injured.

Relatives of the slain Rohingyas, seeking anonymity, said a group of men identifying themselves as members of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) was pressurizing the superintendent of the madrasa to set up a training centre.

Police said one of the assailants was detained in possession of a locally-made firearm and a sharp weapon immediately after the attack on a madrasa at a camp for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Friday, October 22, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

The terrorists were still roaming around the camps, they said before adding that ordinary Rohingyas were not able to report the security forces fearing for their lives.

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Although the camps are under the control of the law enforcement during the day, at night the control goes to the so-called terrorists named ARSA, according to residents of the camps.

FILE PHOTO: Mohib Ullah, a teacher turned rights activist, was one of the most high-profile advocates for the Rohingyas. He was invited to the White House and to speak to the UN Human Rights Council  Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Since the assassination of Mohib Ullah, unrest is rife throughout the camps. At night, in the absence of law enforcement, the camps fall prey to the hands of a few groups who terrorize them, causing panic among the Rohingyas.

Mohib Ullah was gunned down dead on the night of September 29 by unidentified assailants at the. His family blamed ARSA members for the murder. Investigators also suspect that a Rohingya faction orchestrated the killing.

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Several armed groups in the camp have been trading in drugs, weapons, and taking over businesses and shops. It has been reported that they are killing people and taking Rohingyas hostage.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said earlier this month that arms were coming from Myanmar in a bid to create "instability" in the Rohingya camps of Cox's Bazar.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has urged the local authorities and law enforcement agencies to take firm action to improve law and order at the camps.


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