For several days, the sound of gunshots has been heard intermittently across the Ghumdhum border of Naikxyongchari upazila of Bandarban. The shelling has started again in the Walidong Hills of Myanmar’s Rakhine state since 3:30 pm on Friday. More than 4,000 Rohingya living in a refugee camp on the zero line between the two countries are terrified by the sound of gunfire across Tumbru Bazar.
The shelling across the border has been going on for so many days from morning to noon, but the shelling has started in the mountains since 3:30 pm today.
The Arakan Army (AA), a pro-independence armed group, has been fighting and fighting with the country’s security forces for months in the Walidong hills of Rakhine state.
Earlier, two mortar shells and shells arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar at Ghumdhum-Tumbru border of Naikxyongchari upazila of Bandarban district. Two such incidents happened in the last one week. In both incidents, the Myanmar ambassador in Dhaka U Aung Kyaw Mo was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the government strongly protested these incidents.
In this regard, chairman of Ghumdhum Union Parishad of Naikshyongchari Md. Jahangir Aziz said that the firing has been going on across the border for about a month. Not closed yet.
(Dhaka Times/September 9/AR)