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Rohingya camp attack: Slain victim’s family starts case, 10 arrested

  • Published at 11:33 am October 24th, 2021
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Solar lamps are lit in the evening at the Balukhali Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar on November 16, 2018 Reuters

25 people named and more than 200 unidentified people accused over the pre-dawn madrasa killings

The family of one of the victims has started a case over Friday’s attack on a madrasa inside a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar that left six people killed.

The father of slain Azizul Haque named 25 people in the case filed with the Ukhiya police station late on Saturday, said Superintendent (SP) Shihab Kaiser, chief of the Ukhiya-based unit of the Armed Police Battalion (APBn).

“Another 200 to 250 unidentified people have been accused of the fatal attack,” he told Dhaka Tribune.

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Police said on Sunday that so far, 10 arrests have been made over the attack on Friday, weeks after the killing of prominent Rohingya leader Md Mohib Ullah. 

Among those arrested, five were named in the case filed over the attack, SP Shihab told a media call. 

"APBn had launched multiple raids to arrest the perpetrators. Five of the 10 arrested are suspected of taking part in the attack," he said.

A machete is seen at the site of the attack on a madrasa at a camp for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Friday, October 22, 2021 | Dhaka Tribune

A separate case was started by the police under the Arms Act against Mujibur Rahman, one of the assailants who was nabbed immediately after the attack, said the senior police officer.

On Friday, a gang armed with sharp weapons and guns attacked the madrasa before dawn at Block H-52 of Camp 18 at Ukhiya’s Balukhali.

Four people were killed immediately in the attack while others succumbed to their injuries at a local hospital.

Soon after the attack, one of the assailants, who was later identified as Jasim, was held in possession of a locally-made gun and a sharp weapon. Police have, so far, detained eight people over the attack.

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Witnesses said several teachers and students of the residential madrasa fled to a nearby mosque after the attack was launched. The assailants raided the mosque and killed two people.

Rohingyas said that a terrorist group wanted to set up a training centre at the madrasa.

However, the madrasa authorities did not agree. Three madrasa teachers, two volunteers and a student were killed in the attack, which left 10 to 12 others critically injured.

File photo: Mohib Ullah, a teacher turned rights activist, was one of the most high-profile advocates for the Rohingyas. He was invited to the White House and to speak to the UN Human Rights Council | Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

A group of men identifying themselves as members of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) was pressuring the superintendent of the madrasa to set up a training centre, according to relatives of the slain Rohingyas.

The attack comes weeks after the assassination of prominent Rohingya leader Md Mohib Ullah, whom according to police was killed “to undermine the repatriaton effort.”

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