Cornered in a fight with the Arakan Army, 95 members of Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) escaped through the Tumbru border and took refuge in Bangladesh till Monday morning. In the meantime, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members have disarmed them and taken them into custody.
The Public Relations Office of BGB confirmed this information on Monday morning. According to BGB, so far 95 members of BGP have entered Bangladesh with weapons. BGB disarmed them and took them to safe shelter. Further action in this regard is ongoing.
Meanwhile, two of the escaped BGP members, Jani Mong and Nimline, have been admitted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital with bullet wounds. 4 others are being treated in a hospital in Ukhia in a critical condition.
Meanwhile, the shelling on the border was stopped since Sunday afternoon. However, since midnight on Sunday, the sound of gunfire is heard again.
Three Bangladeshis were injured in the shooting, many left their homes in fear. The previous night, a Bangladeshi’s house caught fire after a mortar shell fell on it. 7 educational institutions in those areas have been closed.
Bangladesh has a 271 km border with Myanmar. Most of it is in Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar districts. For weeks, several groups, including the Arakan Army, have intensified fighting in areas bordering Bangladesh and India.