Two Rohingya children have been injured after a landmine exploded at Uttar Para on the Myanmar side, near pillar no 34 of the border fence at Bandarban’s Naikhongchhari upazila.
Both critically injured children have been identified as Kaisar, 10, and Alam, 7. They are currently being treated at the UNHCR hospital in Kutupalong refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhiya.
Two landmines had exploded within 15 minutes around 1pm on Tuesday, according to residents of the area and local administration officials.
Myanmar army had planted landmines in the zero point between the borders in order to stop the Rohingyas from fleeing to Bangladesh, locals said.
Witnesses said the children were playfully hurling rocks from a distance at some of the mines to have them exploded. While the first one went off without harming them, the second mine left Kaisar with a critical head wound and Alam with a wound on his forehead.
Their families and others had rescued them and crossed the border through Naikhongchhari afterwards. Later they were rushed to the UNHCR hospital in Ukhiya.
The children and their families were among the Rohingya refugees waiting on the other side of the border to cross into Bangladesh, facing brutal persecution by the Myanmar army.
Naikhongchhari Upazila Nirbahi Officer SM Sarwar Kamal also confirmed the Dhaka Tribune that two landmines had detonated around 12:45pm and 1pm on Tuesday on the Myanmar side. He also said he heard about two children getting injured.
On Monday, another Rohingya woman named Sabekunnahar, 45, was critically injured too in another mine explosion at Raybunia area near pillar no 31 at Naikhongchhari’s Tumbru border.