The government on Sunday unequivocally condemned the coordinated attacks on border guard police posts in Rakhine state of Myanmar on October 10.
‘Bangladesh finds these developments in Rakhine state, bordering Bangladesh disturbing and Bangladesh unequivocally condemns the attacks on Myanmar forces,’ the foreign ministry said in a release.
Bangladesh authorities also expressed support to Myanmar, and said, ‘Bangladesh believes that cooperation in these areas could be best realised under legal framework which Bangladesh has been stressing over two years. Such institutionalised cooperation is needed to comprehensively address all aspects of insecurity, from drug to human trafficking to gun running to civil commotion and internal disturbances to insurgency.’
The ministry expressed concern at the loss of innocent lives in these ‘clashes’ and underscored the need for arresting perpetrators and bringing the attackers to justice.
Bangladesh apprehended two Muslims of Rakhine state and handed them over to the Myanmar authorities within a day of the attack, it said.
Bangladesh, as a responsible neighbour, had sealed the borders with Myanmar on its own in the early hours of October 10 to deny perpetrators easy escape through the borders, it said.
Bangladesh follows a ‘zero tolerance’ for violent extremism and ‘terrorism’ of any form and manifestation.
Bangladesh conducted a number of operations against Arakan Army and other ethnic armed groups originating from Myanmar in the recent times to help Myanmar. Bangladesh also returned two Tatmadaw [Myanmar security force] members rescued from Arakan Army captivity in 2015.
At least nine Myanmar police personnel were killed in attacks by insurgents on three border posts along the border with Bangladesh on October 10. Myanmar authorities pointed the finger at a local extremist group that had been dormant for years.
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