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Dhaka warns Myanmar, Arakan armies against firing into Bangladesh

TBP Desk
21 Jun 2024 19:03:35 | Update: 21 Jun 2024 19:45:56
Dhaka warns Myanmar, Arakan armies against firing into Bangladesh
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan — File Photo

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Friday said Bangladesh has conveyed its concern to the Myanmar military and Arakan army with a strong note that Bangladesh will retaliate if they fire into Bangladesh territory further.

"Otherwise, we will respond to their firing. If we are attacked, we will respond to that attack," he told reporters replying to a query at his secretariat office, reports BSS.

Kamal said Myanmar has some internal crises and the country has different ethnic groups. There are conflicts among them, he said, adding, "So far we heard that the Arakan army has grabbed many areas of the Arakan state. For this, many members of the Border Guard of Police (BGP) of Myanmar have fled and come to Bangladesh."

"Occasionally, by mistake, they (Myanmar military or Arakan army) have opened fire on our Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). We have conveyed our concern to them. They said if we clearly display the Bangladeshi flag on our vessels, no one will fire at them," he said.

The home minister said due to poor navigability at certain points of the Naf River, reaching Saint Martin's Island from Teknaf has become a challenge by boats.

It forces Bangladeshi boats to navigate those parts through Myanmar waters, leading to incidents where the Myanmar military or the Arakan army opens fire, he added.

Kamal said the situation has improved recently.

The home minister said, “Currently, they are not shooting at boats on Bangladeshi waters. The two ships (positioned on the Naf River) on the Myanmar side have been withdrawn," he said.

"We hope that there will be no further gunfire incidents. Nonetheless, those who cross the area are taking necessary precautions," he added.