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KNF members open fire again in Thanchi

  • Police say they thwarted KNF attacks
  • Bank manager Nizam Uddin freed
Update : 04 Apr 2024, 11:15 PM

Members of the Kuki-Chin National Front (KNF) carried out an attack and opened fire in Thanchi of Bandarban again on Thursday night.

However, their target could not be confirmed yet.

More than 100 male and female members of the KNF participated in the attack.

Thanchi Upazila Chairman Thowaihla Mong Marma confirmed the matter.

He said that there was a lot of gunfire around Thanchi Bazar area around 8:30pm. The sound of gunshots came from the direction of Shahjahan Para behind Thanchi Bazar. As a result, the local people have taken shelter in different places including the banks of Sangu River.

The gunfight triggered panic among the locals in the market and adjacent areas.

Besides, the people who went to a mosque at Thanchi bazar to perform the Taraweeh prayer were trapped due to firing.

However, they were evacuated later. 

He said that the tourists and journalists covering the current situation in Bandarban were safe and staying at a resort.

Raihan Kazemi, additional superintendent of police, Bandarban, said that KNF members had attacked twice to rob the Sonali Bank branch in Thanchi around 8:30pm. However, the police retaliated and foiled KNF’s attempt.

Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General of the Chittagong Range of Bangladesh Police Nur-e-Alam Meena said KNF carried out robberies in bank branches aiming to swiftly amass a large amount of money.

“The bank robberies in Ruma and Thanchi appear to be similar in nature and were carried out by the same group,” the police officer said.

In another development, Nizam Uddin, the abducted Sonali Bank manager of Ruma branch in Bandarban, was rescued by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at night. 

Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director of the Legal and Media Wing of RAB, confirmed the matter and said RAB officials rescued Nizam from the Ruma Bazar area.

KNF on Thursday demanded Tk15 lakh in ransom for the release of the bank official.

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