Two Rohingya community leaders killed in Bangladesh

COX’S BAZAR: A mob of dozens attacked two people to death Rohingya community leaders in BangladeshPolice said Sunday, as security worsened in the camps with nearly a million refugees.
Bangladesh, which has had to hold Rohingya refugees in a series of camps since they fled a military crackdown in Myanmar in 2017, is now the subject of a genocide investigation in a high court. United Nations highest.
The shabby settlements have seen violence escalate in recent months, with gangs trying to assert control of the drug trade and threaten the civilian leadership of the refugees. through murder and kidnapping.
Police spokesman Faruk Ahmed said two Rohingya camp leaders were killed late Saturday at Camp 13, calling it one of the worst attacks in recent months.
“More than a dozen Rohingya villains broke into Maulvi Mohammad Yunus, 38, head of Camp 13. They also killed Mohammad Anwar, 38, another nefarious. Yunus died on the spot and Amwar died in hospital. “, he said.
“Majhi” is a term for a Rohingya camp leader.
A senior officer of the elite police unit tasked with ensuring security in the camps has blamed the killings on the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), an insurgent group fighting the army. team in Myanmar.
“These are targeted killings by ARSA. Internal clashes in Myanmar are affecting the security situation in the camps,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information.
Gangs have long been at war for control of the drug trade, centered on methamphetamine yaba pills, but Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district police chief says there is an escalation.
“In the last three months alone, at least 14 Rohingyas have been murdered in the camps. The number of killings in the camps has increased compared to last year,” Mahfuzul Islam told AFP.
A Rohingya community leader and grandson of one of those killed Saturday also blamed ARSA for the killings.
“ARSA killed my uncle last night. My uncle used to tell them not to deal in drugs. He would supervise voluntary patrols in the camps. They killed my uncle,” the nephew said, requesting anonymity because concerned for his safety.
ARSA did not comment publicly on Saturday’s killings.
Several of its members were charged earlier this year with the murder of the top Rohingya leader Mohib Ullah in September last year. ARSA has denied its involvement.
The killing of Ullah, who was received at The White House by the president at the time Donald Trumpcaused a major crackdown by the Bangladeshi authorities, with at least 8,000 suspected ARSA members arrested.


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