Senior Reporter: Less than a month after the assassination of Rohingya leader Muhibullah, seven people were shot and hacked to death in an attack on a madrassa in a refugee camp in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar.
8 Armed Police Battalion (APBN) Superintendent of Police. Shihab Kaiser Khan said the attack took place at around 4am on Friday at Mainarghona Rohingya Camp No. 18 in Palangkhali Union of Ukhia Upazila.
The deceased were all teachers, students, or volunteers of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama Al-Islamiyah Madrasa in the H-52 block of the camp. Several others were admitted to the MSF hospital adjacent to the camp with injuries.
Shihab Kaiser said, “The situation is now under control. Additional police have been deployed in the camp. We have arrested one person with a weapon. ”
An APBN message described the attackers as “Rohingya miscreants”. Four Rohingyas were killed on the spot in the attack. Upon receiving the news, the members of Mainarghona police camp reached the spot and rescued the injured, and sent them to the hospital. Three more died there.
The video obtained locally shows blood on the floor of the madrasa. Relatives of the victims are mourning there. In one picture, two severed fingers were seen lying on the side of the madrasa.
The person arrested on suspicion of involvement in the attack is Mujibur Rahman. One shooter gun, six rounds of ammunition, and a knife were recovered from him, APBN reported.
Officials say members of the Mainarghona police camp carried out a “blockade” (siege) for about two and a half hours on Thursday night at the local Madutul Umma madrassa and surrounding areas. Similar raids have been carried out in other camp areas. The attack took place at Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama Al-Islamiyah Madrasa an hour and a half later.
The deceased was a resident of the madrasa teacher camp number 12. Idris (32), Ibrahim Hossain (24), a resident of Camp No. 9, a student of Madrasa and Azizul Haque (22) of Camp No. 18, Md. A volunteer of the same camp. Amin (32),
Nur Alam alias Halim (45), a teacher of the madrasa and a resident of Camp No. 18, Hamidullah (55), a teacher of the madrasa and a resident of Camp No. 24, a student of the madrasa and Nur Kaiser (15) of Camp No. 18.
These camps in Cox’s Bazar, which has become the largest refugee camp in the world, have been hit by shelling and clashes at various times before. In most cases, they have been described by the police as the work of ‘Rohingya robbers’ or ‘smugglers’.
However, after the assassination of Rohingya leader Mohammad Muhibullah, many issues of various parties active in the camp are now being discussed at the international level.
Muhibullah, who was the chairman of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, was shot dead on the night of September 29 in the D-6 block of Kutupalong-1 (East) Lambasia Camp.
The family alleges that Muhibullah, who worked to build public opinion in favor of repatriation, was killed by another Rohingya organization, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has also said that “various weapons are coming from Myanmar” in an attempt to create “instability” in the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.