Rohingya camp at Tumbru border set ablaze, gunfight continues

Smoke billows from the burned house

Hours after the gunfight of two Myanmar armed groups, some houses of Rohingya refugee camps on Ghumdhum-Tumbru border in Bandarban's Naikhongchhari were set on fire.

As of writing this report around 8:00pm on Wednesday, the fire was tearing through the makeshift shelters.

Refugees are fleeing the scene to escape fire: some have taken shelter at Ghumdhum high school while some entered inside Myanmar, crossing the border.

However, the gunfight between two separatist forces is going on. 

Rohingya flees the scene to escape fire

Naikhongchhari upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Romen Sharma confirmed the matter to Prothom Alo, saying at this moment it is not possible to reach there. The houses along the zero line are trembling with the huge sound of firing.   

Earlier, one was killed and another injured in the firing that took place between 6:00am and 12:30pm. 

Police said the slain was identified as Hamid Ullah, 27, and the wounded as Muhib Ullah, 25, who was admitted to a hospital for treatment.

Ukhia police station officer-in-charge Sheikh Mohammad Ali told Prothom Alo that two bullet-hit Rohingya men were taken to MSF hospital at Kutupalong on Wednesday morning. Of them, Hamid Ullah succumbed to his injuries.

Police recovered the body and sent it to Cox's Bazar sadar hospital morgue for autopsy. Efforts are underway to find out detailed information about them. Both of them are suspected to be members of the Myanmar separatist force as they wore a colorful uniform.