Seven killed in Rohingya refugee camp assault: Bangladesh police

Police say no less than seven folks killed in assault on Islamic seminary in a refugee camp on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Attackers have killed no less than seven folks in an assault on an Islamic seminary in a Rohingya refugee camp on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, the Bangladeshi police mentioned.

The attackers shot lifeless some victims and stabbed others with knives, a regional police chief instructed the AFP information company on Friday.

Four folks had been killed immediately within the assault and three others died at a hospital within the Balukhali camp, the company reported. Police didn’t say how many individuals had been wounded.

“We arrested one attacker immediately after the incident,” Shihab Kaisar Khan, regional chief for an armed police battalion, instructed reporters.

The man was discovered with a gun, six rounds of ammunition and a knife, he added.

The killings got here amid mounting tensions after Rohingya group chief Mohibullah was shot lifeless exterior his workplace within the sprawling camps three weeks in the past.

Following the killing, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal mentioned “arrangements will be made to increase security” on the Rohingya camps within the coastal Cox’s Bazar district.

“Manpower and logistical support of law enforcement agencies … will be provided to enhance security,” mentioned Kamal.

The minister mentioned surveillance and border patrols can be stepped as much as curb the entry and sale of medicine in Rohingya camps. Surveillance on the Naf River, the one transboundary river between Bangladesh and Myanmar, shall be strengthened, he added.

Kamal mentioned development of barbed wire fences within the camps is within the ultimate phases and there are a number of watchtowers throughout the camps to observe actions.

Rohingya activists say there’s a mounting “climate of fear” within the camps, with a few of them compelled to enter hiding since Mohibullah’s killing.

Last December, Bangladesh, which hosts nearly 1,000,000 Rohingya, relocated greater than 20,000 refugees to Bhasan Char island. It plans to relocate an extra 80,000 folks after signing an settlement with the United Nations to facilitate refugees on the distant island.

Bhasan Char is positioned 50km (31 miles) off Bangladesh’s southwestern coast and nearly 193km (120 miles) south of the capital, Dhaka, the place the federal government has constructed 1,400 cluster homes, every made up of 16 rooms.