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Rohingya leader in Bangladesh shot dead

COX’S BAZAR

Unidentified assailants on Wednesday (Sept 29) shot dead a top Rohingya community leader during a refugee camp within the Bangladesh resort district of Cox’s Bazar, officials said.

Mohib Ullah was talking with other refugee leaders outside his office after attending evening prayers at around 8 pm when at least four assailants came to the spot and shot him dead, Rafiqul Islam, police spokesman of Cox’s Bazar, told.

“Four to 5 unidentified assailants shot him from close range. He was declared dead at an MSF hospital within the camp,” he said.

He said police and also the Armed Police Battalion, which is tasked with ensuring security for the country’s 34 Rohingya camps, have stepped up security, deploying hundreds more armed officers.

No one has been arrested yet, according to Islam.

“We are conducting raids within the area,” he said, adding Ullah had not alerted police of any threats from any group.

Mohammad Nowkhim, a spokesman of Ullah’s Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARPSH), said Ullah was talking to other Rohingya leaders outside the ARPSH office at Kutupalong, the world’s largest refugee settlement when an unidentified assailant shot him at least three times.

“He was during a pool of blood. He was brought dead to the nearby MSF hospital,” Nowkhim said from a hideout, adding that a lot of Rohingya leaders have gone into hiding after Ullah’s killing.

No one has claimed responsibility, but a Rohingya leader told that Ullah was killed by the extremist group Arakan Rohingya salvation army, which was behind several attacks on Myanmar security posts in recent years “It could be a work of ARSA,” he said.

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