The Daily Star/ Bangladesh, January 28,2024
Meanwhile, 34 Border Guard Bangladesh Battalion in Cox's
Bazar, in a press release, said 13 mortar shells and one bullet from Myanmar
were found on Bangladesh's side of the border during the recent clash between
Myanmar Army and Arakan Army.
The BGB has sent a letter to the BGP protesting the incident, the release
said signed by 34 BGB Battalion Commanding Officer Lt Colonel Saiful Islam
Today, BGB Director General Maj Gen AKM Nazmul Hasan visited the border
where the mortar shells had fallen.
He visited Palongkhali, Tumbru, and Hwaikong border outpost (BOP) and
ordered the troops to monitor the situation diligently and carry out their
assigned duties professionally, the press release said.
Villagers living in the areas in Cox's Bazar along Myanmar border are
passing their days in panic due to the explosions of heavy mortars and gunshots
across the border.
2 BGB Batallion in Teknaf CO Lt Col Md Mohiuddin, "We are on alert
round the clock."
Sirajul Mostafa, a UP member of Hwaikong union, said he could not sleep last
night due to sound of explosions and gunshots.
"It seemed like the fighting was going on in our village," he
"We could not go to our farmland and prawn enclosures near the Myanmar
border," he added.
A bullet hole was found at a house in his area last night evening but no one
was injured, Sirajul said.
Adnan Chowdhury, upazila nirbahi officer of Teknaf, said he heard that a
bullet had pierced a house in Hwaikong and the sound of heavy gunfire and
mortal shells surrounded the area.
"We will start evacuating villagers if the Border Guard instructs us in
this regard," he said.
For the past few months, the armed group Arakan Army has been rebelling
against the Myanmar junta.