Bangladesh pushes back 31 Myanmar citizens

Narinjara News

21st August 2017

Bangladesh pushes back 31 Myanmar citizens

The  Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Saturday pushed back 31 Muslim individuals to Myanmar following their illegal entry to the neighboring country.

The boat carrying those people was turned back early on Saturday by Naf river near to Shapuree Island of Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar district of south Bangladesh.

According to Bangladesh coast guard’s senior officer Kobi Hossain there were  9 women among the team of 31 people.

The Myanmar Army earlier declared that a counter terrorism operation was in progress in northern Arakanese localities like Maungdaw, Buthidaung and western part of Rathidaung , where it claims to be battling Islamist insurgents.

The military crackdown was launched after eight Mro ethnic people were killed by an insurgent group on 3 August last.

The United Nations recently stated that as many as 79,000 Muslim individuals escaped from Myanmar to enter into Bangladesh  since October 2016.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh government has also increased the security arrangement along the international border with Myanmar to prevent people entering their country illegally.

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