58 Myanmar border guards take refuge in Bangladesh amid clashes


Amid ongoing clashes between the Arakan Army rebel group and Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) inside Myanmar, 58 members of the BGP have fled to Bangladesh, specifically crossing into the Naikhongchhari border area of Bandarban district. The conflict has intensified tensions along the border, according to officials.

Out of the refugees, 14 have been reported injured and are currently receiving medical care. The rest are being sheltered under the supervision of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in a nearby school, awaiting further government decisions.

The skirmishes, which began on Saturday night, are centered around the BGP’s Tumbru Right Camp and Dhikibunia border outpost. The Arakan Army has reportedly seized control of all other BGP outposts along a 48-kilometer stretch of the border, with ongoing efforts to capture these last two strategic positions.

In response to the escalating situation, local schools near the border have been temporarily closed to ensure the safety of students and to prevent any untoward incidents, stated Jahangir Aziz, chairman of the Ghumdhum Union Council.

The 34th BGB has bolstered its presence at the border, deploying additional personnel to the security outposts. 

Bandarban Deputy Commissioner Shah Mojahid Uddin confirmed that comprehensive measures have been implemented to prevent any adverse incidents, with local representatives and government officials closely monitoring the border situation.

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