Bangladesh Arrests 16 Rohingya Citizens in Anti-Militant Violence

Bangladeshi police have arrested at least 16 Rohingya refugees in a series of raids on camps in Dhaka following the killing of a Rohingya community leader last week, officials said Sunday.

Mohib Ullah was shot dead 10 days ago by unidentified assailants outside his office in Kutupalong, the world’s largest refugee shelter in southeastern Bangladesh.

His family and other community leaders have blamed the Arakan Rohingya Liberation Army (ARSA) — the militant group behind a series of attacks on Myanmar security posts.

They say Mohib Ullah’s rising popularity has angered the group. ARSA has denied involvement in the killing.

The 48-year-old has become the most respected moderate voice fighting for the rights of Rohingya refugees after nearly 800,000 people fled Myanmar for Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district following a military crackdown on their village in 2017. [vm/jm]

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