Monday 29, May 2023

Fear in Bandarban as gunshots, blasts heard from across Myanmar border

Time News Desk:The sound of gunfire and explosions again rocked the border areas of Naikhyongchari this morning (September 7, 2022) amid reports of violence between Myanmar security forces and the Arakan Army.

Locals in Ghumdhum area also heard the sound of missiles being fired at short intervals and shelling sending a wave of panic in the villages adjacent to the border, said AKM Jahangir Aziz, chairman of Ghumdhum Union Parishad.

Violence between Arakan Army and Myanmar troops stopped on Sunday morning after 23-days of heavy battle.

On September 3, Myanmar fighter jets and armed helicopters dropped two bombs on Bangladesh territory.

The fresh violence also created panic among the nearly 4,000 Rohingyas living on the No Man's Land at the border, officials said.

The security at the border has been heightened to prevent any intrusion, said Salma Ferdous, upazila nirbahi officer of Naikhyongchari.

"The gunshots were heard near Tumbru Bazar. It is a hilly area used for farming. We asked Bangladeshis not to go there unless there is an urgent need." she told the media.

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