Heavy gunfire could be heard from across the Tambru border till Sunday afternoon. After that it was closed for some time. However, on Sunday midnight, the sound of clashes and gunfire was heard again from across the Myanmar border. People of Bandarban’s Tambru border area run to distant villages to escape the sound of gunfire and the occasional stray bullet across the border.
On Sunday morning, bullets came from across the border at the door of the house of Kamrul Islam, a resident of Ward No. 2 of Tambru. Kamrul, a colorist by profession, then moved the family members elsewhere. Not only Kamrul, people from the panicked border towns rushed to seek safe shelter throughout the day on Sunday. The eyes of these people are filled with black shadows.
But so far no shelter has been opened for these people. However, the administration said to take action according to the situation.
Deputy Commissioner of Bandarban Shah Mojahid Uddin said that they are trying to ensure security in the border area.
Meanwhile, at least 68 members of Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) fled through the Tumbru border and took refuge in Bangladesh on Sunday after being cornered in the fighting with the Arakan Army. In the meantime, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members have disarmed them and taken them into custody. Among the 68 people who escaped, two named Jani Mong and Nimline were admitted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital with bullet wounds. 4 others are being treated in a hospital in Ukhia in a critical condition.
Three Bangladeshis were injured in border firing, 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 including 63 km waterways. 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.