Dhaka – At least seven Rohingya men have been killed in gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion in south-eastern Cox’s Bazar district on Monday.
The battalion officers said the Rohingya men who were killed during an encounter were suspected members of a bandit gang operating in refugee camps and its adjoining areas.
Lieutenant Mirza Shahed Mahtab, the commanding officer of local office of the battalion, said the gunfight ensued in the morning when the lawmen encircled a bandits’ den in a hill near Jadimora Mosoni refugee camp in Teknaf.
The suspects fired their guns sensing the presence of the battalion members, who fired their guns back in self defence leaving seven people dead on the scene. The identity of the deceased could not be ascertained immediately, but the battalion said the group was being led by one Zoki.
The battalion recovered three pistols and many bullets from the spot.
More than 1 million Rohingya Muslims have been living in squalid refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar after they fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar. Of them, nearly 750,000 crossed the border after the Myanmar military launched crackdown against the minority group in 2017.