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95 Myanmar BGP take shelter in Bangladesh amid clashes with insurgents

 Published: 13:03, 5 February 2024

95 Myanmar BGP take shelter in Bangladesh amid clashes with insurgents

95 members of Myanmar's Border Guard Police (BGP) have so far crossed the border at Tumbru into Bangladesh to take refuge from the ongoing gunfight inside Myanmar.

The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) successfully disarmed their and provided shelter to the displaced guards in a secure location in Naikhhongchhari upazila of Bandarban, as confirmed by BGB's Public Relations Officer, Md Shariful Islam.
The influx of border guards fleeing Myanmar began on Saturday night when insurgents seized control of a BGP outpost, prompting 14 border police personnel to escape into Bangladesh. The number of fleeing guards increased steadily, with 68 BGB personnel crossing the border by midnight on Sunday and reaching a total of 95 by Monday morning.
BGB spokesman Shariful reported that at least 15 of the Myanmar border guards sustained injuries during the clashes. Two of them are currently receiving medical treatment at Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital.
The Arakan Army, in recent days, has reportedly gained control over numerous areas in Rakhine state. 
Sources suggest that several months ago, Arakan fighters took over all Border Guard Police outposts along the Naikhongchhari border. Presently, the focus of the conflict lies in the attempt by Arakan fighters to seize the junta's base known as Right Camp, located across the border from Tumbru.
Local residents have reported that the clashes primarily occur on two hills within a two-kilometer radius of the border. The Myanmar junta and Arakan rebels have been engaged in intermittent gunfire since 3:00 pm on Saturday, with the insurgents aiming to gain control of the Right Camp base. The situation remains fluid, with ongoing efforts to manage the fallout from the clashes and ensure the safety of those affected by the conflict.

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