Automatic rifle among arms, ammo seized in Rohingya camps


The Armed Police Battalion seized one United States-made assault rifle, a pistol and a cache of ammunition at Moynarghona Rohingya camp at Ukhia in Cox’s Bazar on Thursday night, June 16, 2022, and arrested two Rohingya men early Friday, June 17, 2022, in connection with the arms.

The arrested are Mohammad Hossain, 30, and Jahed Hossain, 30, said APBn officials.

APBn-8 commanding officer Shihab Kaiser Khan said that on information, they conducted a raid at Moynarghona camp and they challenged a small group of people at about 10: 15pm, Thursday, June 16, 2022.

He said that as the police personnel chased them, the group tried to escape the scene by firing bullets. The police, later, found a bag in which one M16 rifle, and its 491 bullets, a pistol, and 6,300 Yaba pills were found.

The official said they, later, raided the camps early Friday, June 17, and arrested the two Rohingyas.

‘We are still interrogating them and trying to reveal their motive,’ said Kaiser.

In a separate operation, the APBn-16 said that four firearms and ammunition were seized from another Rohingya camp in Teknaf.

The raid took place at the registered Rohingya camp at Nayapara in Nhilla union Thursday afternoon and at a Rohingya camp at Palankhali in Ukhiya later at night.

Four firearms and four bullets were seized during a raid on the Rohingya camp at about 3:30pm on Thursday, said APBn-16 commanding officer Mohammad Tariqul Islam on Friday.

The arms were seized a day after a Rohingya man, Mohammad Selim Ullah, 30, suspected to have a link with the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, on Thursday died after being shot in a gun attack at Ukhiya Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday night.

On June 9, another Rohingya leader, Md Azim Uddin, was killed inside Balukhali camp at Ukhiya while two others were injured in another incident.

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