Mortar shells from Myanmar found at Bangladesh border

Authorities have cordoned off the area where the shells were hurled

The Myanmar border security, Border Guard Police (BGP), reportedly hurled mortar shells at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Bandarban’s Naikhongchhari. 

The incident was reported from Tumbru no-man’s land on Sunday around 2pm. 

As many as three mortar shells were consecutively hurled from the other side, creating fear among the locals and Rohingyas. 

AKM Jahangir Aziz, chairman of Ghumghum Union Parishad, said that the area where the shells were hurled, has been cordoned off. 

He added that a team of experts was supposed to visit the scene and diffuse the shells. 

According to the Rohingyas, the displaced Myanmar nationals, who fled military persecution in Rakhine, for the last few days gunshots were being heard at the border. 

A large number of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members have been deployed to avert any untoward situation.

BGB Cox’s Bazar 34 Battalion chief Lt Col Mehedi Hossain was unavailable for comments despite Dhaka Tribune’s efforts to reach him.

According to BGB sources, they have beefed up security but nothing can be said about the firings and mortar shell at the border. 

Meanwhile, locals told UNB that fighting has been raging between the Myanmar army and the insurgent group Arakan Army in the Rakhine state for the last two weeks. 

A fierce fight between the two forces broke out on Sunday, resulting in patrolling by helicopters and fighting jets of Myanmar on the border skies.

On August 25, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the Rohingyas will be repatriated to the US.

The mortar shells could likely have been hurled in response to the statement.