DE Online Desk
A total of 264 members of Myanmar’s different forces including border guard police (BGP) and security forces have taken refuge in Bangladesh in the past three days as the fighting between the Myanmar army and the rebel Arakan Army escalated at the border between the two countries, said a BGB press release.
Another mortar shell from Myanmar landed across the border in Bandarban’s Ghumdhum union this morning but no causality was reported, said Md Anwar Hossain, a member of ward 5 of Ghumdhum.
On Monday, at least two people were killed as mortar shells fired from Myanmar landed in a village across the border while 106 Burmese paramilitary border guards fled their posts and took refuge in Bangladesh.
“One of the two slain people is a Bangladeshi woman while the other is a Rohingya man. They were killed at Japaitali area near the border,” deputy commissioner of bordering Bandarban Shah Mujahid Uddin told reporters.
Police said 50-year-old Hosne Ara, wife of local market trader Badshah Mia, was serving food to the unnamed 58-year-old ethnic Rohingya male day labourer when the shell hit, killing them instantly.
According to the public relations department of Border Guard Bangladesh-34 and its headquarters, a fierce battle between the Arakan Army and the junta government is being fought on the other side of the border since Sunday. Bandarban deputy commissioner today declared Ghumdhum Government Primary School as a shelter centre for residents of three wards under Ghumdhum union.
The constant fighting between the Myanmar army and the rebel Arakan Army across the border has caused many residents to leave their homes for safety. Mortar shells and bullets have landed in Bangladesh over the last week. Officials and residents at bordering villages said Myanmar military helicopters continued strafing on Myanmar side of the border at Tombru region to support their government’s land forces to encounter rebel insurgents at Rakhine state.