Myanmar Intense Shelling, 14 Border Guards Fled to Bangladesh

Myanmar Intense Shelling, 14 Border Guards Fled to Bangladesh

Fourteen members of the Border Guard Police (BGP) have fled to Bangladesh amid clashes with the insurgent Arakan Army in Myanmar across the Naikshyongchari border in Bandarban. Their weapons and ammunition are in the custody of Bangladesh Border Guard Force (BGB).

A BGB source confirmed the matter for the first time on Sunday. BGB 34 Battalion will give details about this later in a press conference.

Meanwhile, the shelling that started on Saturday night across the Ghumdhum border of Naikxyongchari Upazila inside Myanmar was continuing till writing this report at 12 noon today. Hundreds of families in Tumbru, Konarpara, Bhajabaniya and Baishphandi areas of Ghumdhum Union are running for safe shelter wherever they can. One person was injured in Tumbru by firing from Myanmar. Apart from this, a person's house caught fire on the border of Baishfandi.

Some representatives of Naikshyongchari said that the area where the sound of gunshots was coming from, the BGP's Tumbru right camp and Dhekibaniya border post are located. Apart from these two establishments, the Arakan Army has already taken over all the other posts of the BGP in the border area of about 48 km. The Arakan Army is attacking there to capture the remaining two installations.

A teacher of a school in Tumbru area told Prothom Alo that their house is on the western side opposite the BGP's Tumbru right camp across the border. At around three o'clock in the morning, fierce fighting started in that camp. Since then, hundreds of families in the neighborhood have left their homes and taken safe shelter wherever they can in mountain hollows and holes. Even at 10:30 in the morning, the firing is going on. Similarly, the people of Konarpara, Bhajabaniya, Baishphandi area are also in safe shelter. The people of the entire area are now living in fear.

Myanmar Intense Shelling, 14 Border Guards Fled to Bangladesh

Ghumdhum Union Parishad (UP) member of Ward number 3. Anwar said that the firing started yesterday afternoon but stopped around four o'clock. Again, at three o'clock in the night, the muhurmuhu shells started. At night, a shell hit the house of expatriate Nurul Kabir at Baishfandari border. Immediately the house caught fire. However, no one in the house was injured in the incident. Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire. He also heard that 14 to 15 members of the Myanmar Border Guard Force from Tumbru Right Camp came to BGB's Tumbru camp and took shelter in the early morning.

Triratan Chakma, the primary education officer of Naikshyongchari Upazila, said that the teachers and students of the primary school in Ghumdhum border are all in a safe shelter, but they are in panic. These schools have already been closed.

Deputy Commissioner Shah Mojahid Uddin said that there is panic in the Ghumdhum border due to border shelling. But the situation is favorable. The highway connecting to Myanmar has been closed. Bordered people have been asked to be alert and stay in a safe shelter. BGB, police and security forces are all on alert to deal with any situation at the border. He also said that some members of the Myanmar Border Guard Force are heard about taking refuge, but the matter cannot be confirmed yet.
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