DHAKA: A Rohingya teenager has been killed and at least six people were injured when a mortar shell fired from Myanmar exploded inside Bangladesh territory, according to the Rohingya leader.
The youth was killed by a mortar blast late on Friday, in an area designated as no-man’s land- a strip of land along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border where an estimated 4,000 Rohingya live, as per the AL-Jazeera.
“We are living here in constant fear. Any time any catastrophe can happen”, Al-Jazeera added.
Bangladesh Interior Minister Asadzazman Khan has said that his country does not want war but a peaceful solution to the Rohingya problem.
Speaking to reporters in Dhaka on Saturday, he said that if the issue was not resolved peacefully, the issue would be taken up at the United Nations if needed.
“We don’t want war. We want a peaceful solution. We will continue our efforts for this. If our efforts fail, we will take the matter to the United Nations,” he said.
The victim was identified by Bangladesh’s The Daily Star newspaper as Iqbal Hossain Bari, 18. Four Bangladesh nationals were also injured, according to the news organisation.
A Bangladesh government and border guard official said that strong protests would be lodged with Myanmar over the incident.
He said mortar shells went off at No Man's Land in Konarpara on the Tumbru border of Ghumdhum union in the upazila, leaving one Rohingya youth Iqbal Hossain Bari (18) dead and four other Bangladeshis injured.#Bangladesh #Myanmar #Rohingya https://t.co/FUEvCBwCCp— The Daily Star (@dailystarnews) September 16, 2022
Earlier, mortar shells were fired from Myanmar side on the Tumbru border of Ghumdhum Union of Naiksyongchari in Bandarban district of Bangladesh on Friday night.
At the same time, there was an explosion in the Rohingya camp on the Zero Line on the Ghumdhoom border. On 28 August also, two mortar shells from Myanmar had fallen in this area.
The Home Minister of Bangladesh told that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working on this matter and it is expected that Myanmar will exercise restraint.
On Tuesday, two Myanmar fighter ships and two fighter helicopters had entered the Bangladesh border.
Bangladesh has expressed its opposition to these actions of Myanmar by calling the ambassador of Myanmar in Dhaka.
About one million Rohingya Muslims are living in southern Bangladesh displaced from Myanmar.