Bangladesh assessing whether shelling by Myanmar was intentional

Myanmar envoy to Bangladesh was summoned for the fourth time on Sunday

Myanmar's mortar shelling, and air space violations near the Bangladesh border are being investigated in light of international laws and protocols, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said.

The incidents that took place inside Bangladesh territory are being investigated to determine whether it was caused by clashes between various Myanmar groups and their security forces or were intentional, he said during a press briefing at the Secretariat on Sunday

The minister later mentioned that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Myanmar envoy to Bangladesh Aung Kyaw Moe several times.

“At that time, Myanmar informed that the shellings were accidental, and they would take measures to prevent it from happening again,” Obaidul Quader added.

The minister further said: “Bangladesh is an independent state. It wants peaceful solutions to all problems.” 

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader later noted that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also spoke about the issue during her visit to London.

Bangladesh on Sunday summoned Myanmar Ambassador to Bangladesh Aung Kyaw Moe for the fourth time and lodged a strong protest over the recent incidents along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

The ambassador was summoned to the office of Md Najmul Huda, the director general (South East Asia wing) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to lodge the protest, said a source at the ministry.   

Earlier, Dhaka reiterated its “deep concern” over the recent incidents of Myanmar’s mortar shelling, indiscriminate aerial firing in the bordering areas, and air space violations.

On Friday, at least one died and six other people including a Rohingya child sustained critical injuries in firing and mortar shelling from across the Myanmar border in Gumdhum of Bandarban.

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 3:15pm on Friday near pillar No 35 of the Myanmar border.

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.