Shelling at Naikshyongchari border triggers panic among locals Bangladesh-Myanmar
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Shelling at Naikshyongchari border triggers panic among locals

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 12 Oct 2022, 06:47 pm

Own Correspondent, Dhaka, Oct 12: The sound of shelling and multiple mortar shell explosions inside Myanmar was heard at the Tumbru border of Ghumdhum union of Naikxyongchari Upazila of Bandarban. After a pause for the last few weeks, the sound of heavy explosions was heard from Monday (October 10) afternoon to Tuesday (October 11) at 11 pm. At this time panic spread across the border.

According to local sources, after the BGB Director General left after the visit, from Monday afternoon, Myanmar Army combat helicopters flew through pillars 18, 31, 34, and 35 of the country's Tumbru border and after a while through pillars 45 and 46 of Ashartali, Phultali and Jamchari of Sadar Union. There was the sound of mortar shells and shelling. At this time, panic spread among the Tambru border residents inside Bangladesh. In fear, many returned to the mosque to offer Fajr prayers.

Local resident Md. Nurul Amin (50) said, "Early in the morning, the children of the other side were woken up by the sound of the explosion from the other side. There was so much explosion as if an earthquake was going on."

Ghumdhum Union Parishad member of Ward No. 3 Md. Alam said, "Today, from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, a total of three rounds of Myanmar helicopter firing were heard. I also heard the sound of continuous gunfire from some distant land inside Myanmar."

Md Sarwar, a businessman of the Tumbru market, said, "We are worried about the family and relatives about what is happening on the border of the neighboring country, Myanmar. Neighbors are also afraid of what will happen in the near future."

Jahangir Aziz, chairman of Ghumdhum Union Parishad, said that the panic in the area has increased due to the sound of gunshots after a few days of closure.

A BGB official said on condition of anonymity that patrolling has been increased across the border. Strict vigilance is being carried out to prevent Rohingya infiltration at various possible points.