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Myanmar fires mortar shells into Bangladesh, killing one and injuring six

At least one person was killed and six people, were critically injured in Friday's shooting and mortar shelling by Myanmar into Bangladesh.

By wasmulhaq 
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Dhaka: At least one person was killed and six people, including a toddler from the Rohingya minority, were critically injured in Friday’s shooting and mortar shelling from over the Myanmar border in Gumdhum, Bandarban.

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Three Rohingya individuals were injured in the evening when mortar shells landed in a no-man’s-land. According to Deputy Commissioner Yasmin Parvin Tibrizi, one of them, Md. Iqbal, 17, died as a result of his injuries.

According to locals, panic broke out when bullets fell in a thicket next to Shah Alam’s home in Konarpara.

The incident took place at about 3:15 pm on Friday, close to pillar No. 35 on the Myanmar border. According to the locals, Athwaing went near the border area to bring his cattle home when he stepped onto a landmine.

Meanwhile, the incident caused panic among the local residents. Following the event, Border Guard Bangladesh has increased patrols and surveillance in the area.

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According to locals, Myanmar’s military has planted hundreds of mines along the border with Bangladesh. In August, panic spread in the border area when the Myanmar border security force, threw mortar shells at the Tumbru no man’s land area.

On August 28, two unexploded mortar shells were found. On September 3, Myanmar helicopters intruded to within 300 to 400 yards of Bangladeshi airspace at Naikhongchhari point.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh has taken the matter seriously and called the Myanmar envoy to Dhaka thrice due to this problem.


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