Dead bodies of 16 more Rohingyas have been found floating in the Naf river at Teknaf amid a violent crackdown by security forces in neighbouring Myanmar, according to bdnews24.com.
Police recovered the bodies from the river at Jhimongkhali in Howaikong Union and Sah Parir Dwip at Sabrang Union on early Friday, said Teknaf Police Station OC Md Mainuddin Khan.
Among the deceased, there are 11 men, three women and two children.
The bodies were recovered after 15 were spotted by locals at Jhimongkhali point. The body of another female victim was found at Shah Parir Dwip.
Teknaf police is working to find the cause of their death, said OC Mainuddin.
“Some of the bodies have started to smell. It’s possible they were killed two to three days ago.”
Another 23 dead bodies of Rohingyas have been recovered from Naf river in the past two days.
Some of them reportedly drowned after the boats they were using to cross the border into Bangladesh capsized, police said.
The tension engulfing the Rohingyas, stateless Muslim minorities in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, reached new heights after scores were killed in coordinated attacks on Myanmar police and army posts launched by Muslim insurgents last week.
Around 38,000 Rohingya refugees crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar since the latest attacks, United Nations sources told the Reuters.
A clearance operation against “extremist terrorists” was underway in Rakhine state, according to the Myanmar army.
Eight more Rohingyas have been admitted to a hospital in Bangladesh with bullet wounds as deadly clashes and a security crackdown continued in neighbouring Myanmar.
Their relatives and police brought them to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) after they crossed the border on Thursday midnight.
Of them, seven have suffered bullet wounds. The group included a child, said ASI Alauddin of the police outpost at CMCH.
They are - Md Jahangir, 22, Rahmat Ullah, 8, Md Anis, 25, Amzad Hossain, 26, 'Liyakat', 60, 'Ershad', 22, Hakim Ullah, 28, and Nabab Sharif, 28.
They are among 33 Rohingyas, stateless Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, who were brought to the hospital, said ASI Alauddin. Of them, two succumbed to their wounds, he said.—AR