10-year-old among 4 who sustained bullet wounds in Rohingya camp

Authorities, citing locals, said a group of 15 to 20 criminals in black masks opened fire indiscriminately at a shop around 4:30pm.


File photo of a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. Photo: Anisur Rahman

December 23, 2022

DHAKA – Four Rohingya refugees, including a child, sustained bullet wounds in an act of gun violence at a camp in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar on Thursday afternoon.

The injured are Md Salam, 32, Md Shafi, 63, Md Sharif, 55, and Md Naser, 10, son of Imam Hossain.

All of them are residents of Rohingya Camp 8, located in the east of Palangkhali union.

Salam was sent to Chattogram Medical College Hospital in critical condition, said Faruk Ahmed, assistant superintendent of police of Armed Police Battalion-8.

Quoting locals, the police officer said, some people were chatting at a shop in B-54 block of Rohingya camp 8 (east) in the afternoon.

“Around 4:30pm, a group of 15 to 20 criminals in black masks arrived at the spot and opened fire indiscriminately, leaving four people including a boy injured,” he said.

Locals rushed the victims to the Ukhia Upazila Health Complex.

From there, Salam was shifted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital in critical condition, said an on-duty doctor of the hospital.

The doctor added that Salam was later sent to the CMCH at 10:00pm as his condition remained unchanged.

“According to preliminary information, the attack was carried out by criminals over establishing supremacy at the camp,” ASP Faruk said.

He said police are conducting drives to identify and arrest those involved in the incident.

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