APBn detains four ARSA members in Rohingya camp


The Armed Police Battalion (APBn) detained four members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a Myanmar-based terrorist group, late on Thursday in the Rohingya refugee camp in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar. The operation, aimed at thwarting a planned act of sabotage, resulted in the seizure of arms and ammunition.

The detainees, identified as Mohammed Amin, 23; Petan Sharif, 43; Abul Kashem, 33; and Sayedur Rahman, 25, were apprehended around 11:30 p.m. during a raid in block-E/5 of the Jamtoli Camp-15, a densely populated section of the sprawling refugee settlement.

Authorities reported the recovery of various weaponry, including five single-shot guns, one light grenade (LG), thirty-six rifle rounds, eight spent bullet casings, four shotgun cartridges, three handmade grenades, three large explosives, a walkie-talkie set, two large knives, a slingshot, and two iron rods.

Md Amir Jafar, commander of the 8th Armed Police Battalion and acting additional DIG, confirmed the operation, stating, “Based on reliable intelligence, our team conducted the raid and successfully apprehended the terrorists. Although four were captured, several others are believed to have fled the scene.”

Jafar added that preliminary interrogation of the detainees revealed plans for a significant act of sabotage aimed at gaining control over parts of the camp.

A case has been filed with the Ukhiya Police Station, and the terrorists have been handed over to the authorities as investigations continue.

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