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Dhaka Tribune

Sounds of shelling in Myanmar rocks Teknaf border

  • Flames were seen on the other side of the border at night
  • BGB, Coast Guard increased patrols
Update : 18 May 2024, 04:06 PM

The sound of mortar shells was heard again on the Teknaf border in Cox's Bazar amid clashes between the Arakan Army and the armed forces in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Explosions and fires were reported across the border in the Jaliya neighbourhood of Teknaf municipality around 10:30pm on Friday.

A Teknaf resident said: "Flames were seen on the other side of the border at night. Loud noises were heard the day before, and are still heard today (Friday).”

It has been reported that Myanmar's army is engaged in fierce fighting with the Arakan Army, a separatist organization.

In response, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and the Bangladesh Coast Guard have increased patrols along the Naf River and border road in the 54km stretch from Whykang to Shapuree Island in Teknaf upazila. The border guards are on high alert to manage any situation.

Teknaf Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mohammad Adnan Chowdhury told media: “Residents of the border have reported hearing gunfire from the other side even today. Our law enforcement personnel are prepared to deal with any situation inside the country.”

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Arakan Army has captured Maungdaw Township. Some members of the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) have allegedly fled to Bangladesh for shelter.

In May, 128 BGP members of Myanmar surrendered to the BGB and Coast Guard through the Teknaf border. All were disarmed and are currently in BGB custody, housed at Hnila High School.

Previously, 618 members of Myanmar's BGP and army who escaped in two rounds were sent back. Among them, 288 BGP soldiers who took refuge in Bangladesh on April 25 and 330 BGP, army, and customs officials were returned to Myanmar on February 15.

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