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Dhaka Tribune

2 KNF armed wing members killed in army raid in Bandarban

  • Arms, ammunition recovered
  • Another killed earlier, on April 22
Update : 28 Apr 2024, 09:55 PM

Two members of the Kuki-Chin National Army, the armed wing of the Kuki-Chin National Front, were killed on Sunday in a drive conducted by the Bangladesh Army in the remote Baklai Para area of Ruma upazila in Bandarban.

"Two armed terrorists of Kuki-Chin National Army were killed following bullet injuries during a raid today," said a press release of the Inter-Services Public Relation Directorate (ISPR).

During the drive, members of the Bangladesh Army recovered three firearms, a huge amount of ammunition, walkie-talkies and other equipment.

Earlier, on April 22, an armed terrorist of the Kuki-Chin National Army was killed in an army raid in the remote Munlai Para area of Ruma Upazila in Bandarban, reported BSS.

According to sources, six Bangladesh Army personnel have so far lost their lives, and 19 people, including KNF members, have been killed in the remote areas of Bandarban since October 2022 during joint raids by the army and law enforcers.

Besides, more than 50 people were injured and at least 30 were kidnapped by miscreants during the period.

On April 2, the group abducted the manager of Sonali Bank’s Ruma Upazila branch, Md Nezam Uddin, and tried to loot Tk1.5 crore from the vault of the bank.

The following day, they carried out robberies at Sonali Bank and Krishi Bank branches in Thanchi upazila of Bandarban.

On April 4, the abducted manager was rescued from the Bathel Para area of Bandarban through the mediation of Rapid Action Battalion. 

The same day, Bandarban Hill District Council Chairman and Convener of the Peace Establishment Committee Kya Shai Hla announced a suspension of peace negotiations with KNF.

On April 7, in response to a surge of criminal activities, including high-profile bank robbery and abduction, Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed announced a comprehensive joint operation in Bandarban.

Since the inception of the operation, the joint forces have so far arrested 78 suspected KNF members and their associates.

Peace negotiations with the KNF began with a discussion on May 29, 2023, aiming to reintegrate the armed organization KNF into civilian life. Subsequently, the Peace Establishment Committee was formed comprising 18 members on June 9 of the same year. 

Bandarban Hill District Council Chairman and Convener of the Peace Establishment Committee Kya Shai Hla recently alleged that despite several virtual meetings and two rounds of direct dialogues, the KNF persisted in its armed activities in the area. 

Our correspondent S Basu Das from Bandarban contributed to the report

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