Another Rohingya killed in landmine blast

Another Rohingya killed in landmine blast

A Rohingya was killed in a landmine blast at Ambagan area near Bangladesh-Myanmar borderline Thoyangaziri pillar number 38/3 under Naikhyangchari in Bandarban on Monday morning around 8:00am.

At least two displaced Myanmar nationals were killed this month in landmine blasts allegedly planted by Myanmar authorities to check movement of Rohingyas who fled violence in their Rakhine State and took shelter in Cox’s Bazar camps.

The deceased was identified as Mohammad Abdul Mazid, 35, son of Mohammad Abdul Malek, Kutupalong mega camp, Block-D/1 of Kutupalong under Ukhiya police station of the district.

Lieutenant Colonel Ali Haidar Azad Ahmed, commanding Officer, 34 BGB Battalion, Cox’s Bazar confirmed the information.

Witnesses and 34 Border Guard Bangladesh-BGB said that Myanmar national Abdul Mazid crossed the Bangladesh-Myanmar borderline to make an attempt to return to his own village on Monday morning. But 50 yards inside Myanmar he walked into a landmine and was seriously injured in the blast that followed. Later, local people rescued him from Myanmar side and sent him to a BGB physician.

He died while under treatment due to heavy bleeding, BGB personnel said.

Later, BGB handed over the body to Gungdum police camp asking them to take necessary steps.

‘Myanmar authority has planted anti-personnel landmines at Bangladesh-Myanmar border,’ said Colonel Azad.

Additional BGB members are patrolling along the border as things in the border area became tense after the incident.

On September 4, a Rohingya in his thirties reportedly died in a landmine explosion in Tohingya Para area near Bangladesh-Myanmar border at Nillongchari in Bandarban. Two legs of the victim were blown off in the explosion, according to local police.

On February 3, 2018, legs of a Bangladeshi national named Badiur Rahman, 45, who hailed from Chalkdhala area under Naikhyangchari upazila in Bandarban, were blown off in a landmine explosion at Myanmar border.

Different international organisations, including Amnesty International, showed concerns over planting landmines by Myanmar Army along the border it shares with Bangladesh.