Rohingya teenager killed by mortar shell in Cox’s Bazar

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Amid exchange of fire between Myanmar junta forces and the rebel Arakan Army (AA), a Rohingya teenager was killed and two others were injured in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar by a mortar shell fired from across the border.

The boys were fishing for crabs in the Naf River on Sunday evening. The deceased was identified as Mohammad Zubair, 18, a resident of Leda Rohingya camp in Teknaf.

The injured are Mohammad Jaber from Camp 24 and Mohammad Shukkur from Camp 27.

The heightened tension has paralyzed boat traffic between Teknaf and Saint Martin’s Island.

Sound of mortar shell blasts from Myanmar rattle TeknafSound of mortar shell blasts from Myanmar rattle Teknaf

Mohammad Osman Gani, officer-in-charge (OC) of Teknaf model police station, said the trio were crab fishing in the river near Jaliar Island when they were severely injured by the mortar shell.

“Zubair died on the way to the hospital. However, it is not confirmed who carried out the attack,” he said, adding that police were investigating whether the trio was trying to cross into Myanmar.

Dr Ashiqur Rahman, resident medical officer at Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, said the two injured had been sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for advanced treatment.

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