Gunfight in Bangladesh camp kills 6 Rohingya refugees

Dhaka, Oct 22 (EFE).- At least six Rohingya were killed in a gunfight between armed groups of the refugee community in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar in the southeast of the country Friday, police said.

Cox’s Bazar police spokesman Rafiqul Islam told EFE that an armed Rohingya group attacked an Islamic seminary around 4 am, where their rival group members were staying.

“Four people died on the spot, two died in a hospital later. There could be some injured. We are trying to find. We suspect that this is the internal feud of Rohingya groups,” said Islam.

It was the latest incident of armed conflict between Rohingya groups in Bangladesh camps.

On Sep.29, an armed gang shot dead Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH) chairman Mohibullah in his office.

Mohibullah was teaching in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in August 2017 when the army launched an offensive against the mainly Muslim Rohingyas, following alleged insurgent attacks on security checkpoints.

Like many of his fellow Rohingyas, he fled to Bangladesh, where he and several hundred volunteers founded the ARSPH in late 2017.

Mohibullah became a prominent representative of the refugees during visits to the camp by high-level delegations.

He traveled to Geneva in 2019 to address the United Nations Human Rights Council about the plight of the Rohingyas.

Some 738,000 Rohingyas have found refuge in Bangladesh from the military crackdown in Myanmar that has been described by the UN as ethnic cleansing and possible genocide. EFE


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