Two Rohingyas shot dead in 'gunfight': Police

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Two Rohingyas were shot dead during what police called "a gunfight" at Ukhiya camp in Cox’s Bazar on Friday night, reports UNB.

The identities of the deceased could not be known yet, but they were Rohingyas, said Sheikh Mohammad Ali, officer-in-charge (OC) of Ukhiya police station.

The incident occurred around 10.00pm at Balukhali refugee camp when police went there upon receiving information about a gunfight between members of the Rohingya insurgent group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) and Rohingya militant Nabi Hossain’s group.

Witnesses said the fighting Rohingyas started firing at police as they reached the camp and police also fired back.

According to camp dwellers, one of the deceased was a resident of camp-8.

OC Sheikh Mohammad Ali said the two groups were fighting for dominance in the camp.

Efforts are on to identify the deceased Rohingyas and the others who managed to flee, he said.