Seven dead in attack on Rohingya refugee camp: Bangladesh police | News from the Rohingya

Police say at least seven people were killed in the attack on an Islamic seminary in a refugee camp on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

The attackers killed at least seven people in an attack on an Islamic seminary in a Rohingya refugee camp on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, Bangladeshi police said.

The attackers shot dead some victims and stabbed others with knives, a regional police chief told AFP news agency on Friday.

Four people were killed instantly in the attack and three others died in a hospital in Balukhali camp, the agency reported. Police did not say how many people were injured.

“We arrested an attacker immediately after the incident,” Shihab Kaisar Khan, regional chief of an armed police battalion, told reporters.

The man was found with a gun, six cartridges and a knife, he added.

The killings came amid mounting tensions after Rohingya community leader Mohibullah was gunned down outside his office in the sprawling camps three weeks ago.

After the murder, Home Secretary Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said “arrangements will be made to increase security” in the Rohingya camps in the coastal district of Cox’s Bazar.

“Manpower and logistical support from law enforcement agencies … will be provided to enhance security,” Kamal said.

The minister said surveillance and border patrols would be stepped up to curb the entry and sale of drugs into Rohingya camps. Surveillance on the Naf River, the only cross-border river between Bangladesh and Myanmar, will be stepped up, he added.

Kamal said the construction of barbed wire fences in the camps was in the final stages and that there were several watchtowers through the camps to monitor movements.

Rohingya activists say there is a growing “climate of fear” in the camps, with some being forced into hiding since Mohibullah’s murder.

Last December, Bangladesh, which hosts nearly one million Rohingya, relocated more than 20,000 refugees to Bhasan Char Island. It plans to relocate an additional 80,000 people after signing an agreement with the United Nations to facilitate refugees on the remote island.

Bhasan Char is located 50 km (31 miles) from the southwest coast of Bangladesh and nearly 193 km (120 miles) south of the capital, Dhaka, where the government has built 1,400 group houses, each consisting of 16 pieces.

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