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Seven killed in Rohingya camp attack

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  • 23 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Seven killed in Rohingya camp attack

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Seven people, including three teachers and three students, were killed and several others injured in a gruesome attack on a madrasah inside a Rohingya camp in Ukhiya upazila of Cox's Bazar early Friday.

The deceased were identified as madrasah teachers Md Idris, 32, Hamidullah, 55, and Nur Alam Halim, 45, students Ibrahim Hossain, 24, Azizul Haque, 22, and Nur Kauser, 21, and volunteer Md Amin, 32.

The violent attack came nearly one month after the brutal murder of prominent Rohingya leader Mohibullah.

Miscreants attacked Darul Ulum Nadwatul Ulama Al-Islamia Madrasah at Block H-52 under FDMN Camp-18 around 4:15am, leaving four FDMN members on the spot and several others injured, 8th APBN Deputy Captain Kamran Hossain said.

Three of the injured died on their way to hospital, he said, adding that a youth named Mujib was detained for his suspected involvement in the attack.

Shihab Kaiser further said they didn’t know yet about the reasons behind the attack.

"The situation is now under control now. Additional policemen have been deployed in the Rohingya camp.”

In a statement, the ABPn referred to the attackers as 'Rohingya miscreants'.

At least four Rohingya refugees were killed on the spot and three others died in hospital, the ABPn said.

Several others were also injured in the attack, said Superintendent of Police Shihab Kaiser Khan, also chief of the 8th Armed Police Battalion. A video footage shows that a pool of blood remained on the madrassah floor and families were screaming for the deaths of their loved ones.

Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar, the biggest of their kind in the world, were whipped up by gunfights and clashes on many occasions.

Police described these incidents as ‘robbery or smuggling cases’.

The issue of rival Rohingya factions vying for dominance in the camps, however, has drawn focus both at home and abroad following the murder of Rohingya leader Mohibullah.

Mohibullah, chairman of Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, was shot dead in a violent gun attack at Lombashiya Camp in Kutupalong of Cox’s Bazar on September 29.