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“Complaint will be lodged with UN over Myanmar mortar shelling if no diplomatic resolution”

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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the government is trying to resolve the issues with Myanmar peacefully and diplomatically but a complaint will be lodged to the United Nations regarding mortar shelling at the border if necessary.

The minister said this responding to questions from journalists after attending a programme at Ahsania Mission in the capital today (September 17, 2022).

He said the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry has warned them (Myanmar) several times but they didn’t keep their promise. “We have lodged a strong protest over casualties from Friday’s mortar shelling by Myanmar at Tombru border,” he added.

“Myanmar’s internal conflicts should remain within its border but their forces are crossing the border time and again and injuring Bangladeshi nationals,” said Asaduzzaman.

He said Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) is continuously being contacted about this issue and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has remained alert to prevent illegal entry of Rohingyas.

Last night (September 16, 2022), an 18-year-old-Rohingya youth named Mohammad Iqbal was killed and five others were injured as a mortar shell fired by the Myanmar army exploded at the Zero Point Rohingya Camp close to the international border in Tombru, Bandarban.

The deceased and injured were all residents of the Zero Point Rohingya Camp, known as the camp that is closest to the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, in No Man’s Land.

Four mortar shells landed in succession at the Rohingya camp around 8pm.

Earlier in the afternoon, a youth from Bandarban, Anganthowai Tanchangya, lost his leg in a landmine explosion in the Myanmar side of the border near Ghumdhum union under Naikhongchhari upazila of Bandarban. Locals said the Myanmar army had buried landmines in the area.

Twelve mortar shells have been fired by the Myanmar army on Bangladesh territory so far.

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