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Dhaka Tribune

Teknaf residents terrified as shelling, gunfire echo across Naf River

  • Gunshots heard sporadically from early morning
  • BGB on alert to prevent infiltration of Rohingyas
Update : 07 Apr 2024, 10:56 PM

Panic gripped residents of Teknaf on Sunday as the sound of gunfire and shelling intensified across the Naf River in Myanmar amidst clashes and exchanges of fire between the Arakan Army and the armed forces in Rakhine State.

Noor Kabir, member of Ward No 6 of Whykong Union Parishad, said: "Heavy gunshots were heard sporadically from early morning. The people of the area are living in fear.”

People who live along the border said that after a few days, the Arakan Army clashed with the Myanmar government forces again on Sunday night, resulting in heavy gunfire being heard in Kharankhali, Naya Bazar, Minabazar, Kanjor Para, Jimmkhali, Unchiprang, Lombabil of Whykong border. 

The people of the border area are engulfed with fear of the sound of mortar shells coming from the other side of the Naf River in the border area of Whykong Union and Hnila Union of Teknaf.

Rashed Mohammad Ali, chairman of Teknaf's Hnila union parishad, said: "I have been hearing the sound of heavy shelling intermittently from Myanmar across the border. Gunshots have now become a regular occurrence.”

Mohammad Alam, member of Ward No 8 of Whykong union parishad, said the latest fighting sounds are harsh compared to those in previous days.

In some villages of Maungdaw, Buthedong and Rathedong, Myanmar, the country's army is fighting fiercely with the Arakan Army, a separatist group. 

Members of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Bangladesh Coast Guard have increased patrolling on the Naf River and border road in the 54km area from Whykong to Shapuree Island of Teknaf upazila.

Teknaf-2 BGB Captain Lt Col Mohiuddin Ahmed said: "Besides strengthening BGB patrol on the border, we are on alert to prevent the infiltration of Rohingyas across the border."

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