Clashes between two Rohingya groups, at least six refugees died

At least six refugees were killed and 10 others injured in clashes between two groups of Rohingya refugees at a camp in southern Bangladesh on Friday (22/10).

Armed Police Force Commander Shihab Kaiser Khan, who oversees security at the camp, said the violence took place in Cox’s Bazar district when one of the groups opened fire and killed four people. Two others died in hospital while being treated for their injuries.

It was not immediately clear why the violence took place, but local media said the two sides clashed over each other’s show of supremacy over the camp’s illegal drug trade business.

Bangladeshi officials say some Rohingya groups are involved in serious crimes, such as kidnapping and demanding ransoms. They also use refugee camps to smuggle drugs out of Myanmar, where they lived before fleeing to Bangladesh.

Khan said one of the Rohingya men in possession of a firearm had been arrested, but he gave no further details. He added that the police were still looking for other suspects involved in the clashes.

Friday’s violence comes about three weeks after Mohibullah, the international representative for Rohingya refugees, was shot dead in a camp in the Ukhiya sub-district. The 40-year-old man was a teacher who later emerged as a refugee leader and spokesperson representing the Muslim ethnic group at international meetings.

Mohibullah came to the White House in 2019 to hold a meeting on religious freedom with then-President of the United States, Donald Trump. He spoke about the suffering and persecution faced by Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Rohingya refugees take a walk in the Kutupalong refugee camp area in Ukhiya, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on October 10, 2021. (Photo: AP)

Rohingya refugees take a walk in the Kutupalong refugee camp area in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on October 10, 2021. (Photo: AP)

Police have arrested a number of people in connection with Mohibullah’s murder.

More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to refugee camps in Bangladesh since August 2017, when the military in the Buddhist-majority country began a crackdown on the ethnic group following attacks by insurgents. The refugees join a group of other Rohingya who arrived in Bangladesh decades ago.

The 2017 violence included the rape, murder and burning of thousands of homes. International human rights groups and the United Nations have categorized the Myanmar military’s violence against the Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority as ethnic cleansing.

Despite Bangladesh and Myanmar’s efforts to regulate the repatriation process, the Rohingya are too afraid to return to their homeland.

Overall Bangladesh hosts more than 1.1 million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar after a series of violent acts against them. [em/rs]

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