A 40-year-old Bangladeshi national, belonging to ethnic minority Mro community, was killed and five members of his family were injured in the explosion of a landmine planted by Myanmar armed forces along the border.
The deceased, Pru Wayai Mro of Ralai Karbaripara of Kurukpota union under Alikadam upazila in Bandarban, and his family members went to no man’s land and the incident occurred at Myanmar part Wednesday afternoon, when Pru just crossed the border at Kurukpota frontier, said Alikadam upazila nirbahi officer Md Amirul Kaiser.
The injured family members are Sangru Mro, 35, Chitta Mro, 19, Youen Mro, 17, Tainkang Mro, 13 and Tanrung Mro, 5, said Ali Kadam police station officer-in-charge Rafique Ullah.
He said that the Mro family was going to Myanmar illegally crossing the border through remote hills.
The landmine exploded when Pru Wayai Mro just crossed the border, he said, adding that he died on the spot.
Rafique said that the rest five of the family, who were following him, were in the Bangladesh part’s and sustained injuries in the
He said that local people rushed the injured to Alikadam Upazila Health Complex from where Sangru, Tainkang and Tanrung were referred to Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
The body was left at the place where he was killed, he said The incident took place in the backdrop of concerns expressed by Amensty International and other international organisations over the planting of landmines along the border with Bangladesh by Myanmar army to prevent Rohingyas crossing the border.
Since early September 2017, a number of Rohingyas as well as Bangladeshis have been killed or injured by landmines planted by the Myanmar army along the border.
On February 3, the legs of 45-year old Bangladeshi Badiur Rahman were blown off in the explosion of landmine planted by Myanmar armed forces along the border when he just stepped out of Chalkdhala under Naikhyangchari upazila in Bandarban.
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