Since Wednesday morning, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) and Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) have been fighting near Tambru border in Bandarban (Bangladesh). Both groups are firing at Konarpara refugee camp at no-man’s-land.
Due to the event, some of the Rohingyas entered Myanmar and some of them took refuge at a school in Tambru, Naikhongchhari, said Muhammad Alam, a member of Ghumdhum Union Parishad. At least 500 Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh, said Alam.
According to the intelligence officials, on Wednesday, around 6:28 a.m. at least 100 RSO men laid siege to a meeting place of ARSA and started shooting. The ARSA men then started shooting and the gunfight went on for around two and a half hours.
The bullet-hit body of a Rohingya man named Hamid Ullah, (27) was found later. Doctors at an MSF-run hospital in Kutupalong confirmed the death. Another man named Mohib Ullah, (25) was admitted to the facility with bullet wounds. Both of them were wearing beige camouflage tops, said Sheikh Mohammad Ali, officer-in-charge of Ukhia Police Station.
After series of gunshots, the ARSA members set fire to their meeting place, including several huts which caused widespread panic among people. Rohingya leader Dil Mohammad said, “The gunfights were taking place over establishing supremacy.”
Yesterday morning, the RSO members took control of Konarpara and found a number of bunkers believed to be used by ARSA men said by several Rohingya camp sources.
Neither of the two groups have been reached or claimed to be responsible for the violence.