Prominent Rohingya Refugee Leader Shot Dead in Bangladesh Camp

Unidentified gunmen shot dead a prominent Rohingya leader at a refugee camp in southern Bangladesh on Sept. 29, officials said.

Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARPSH) Chairperson Mohib Ullah was talking with other refugee leaders outside his office in the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar at around 8 p.m. when assailants gunned him down, police spokesperson Rafiqul Islam told AFP News.

Ullah was declared dead at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the camp, Islam said.

According to Islam, there were at least four unidentified assailants.

ARPSH Spokesperson Mohammad Nowkhim told AFP News from an undisclosed location that an unidentified gunman shot Ullah at least three times.

Islam said that authorities have not made any arrests yet.

The police and the Armed Police Battalion, which is tasked with ensuring security for the 34 Rohingya camps in the South Asian country, have deployed hundreds more armed officers following Ullah’s killing, according to Islam.

Islam added that police were conducting raids in the area.

According to Nowkhim, other Rohingya leaders have gone into hiding after Ullah’s killing.

No group has claimed responsibility for the killing, but a Rohingya leader told AFP News that the extremist group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) killed Ullah.

ARSA was behind multiple attacks on security posts in Myanmar in recent years.

Regina De La Portilla, a spokesperson from the United Nations Refugee Agency in Bangladesh told AFP News that they were “deeply saddened” by Ullah’s killing.

“We are in continuous contact with law enforcement authorities in charge of maintaining peace and security in the camps,” the spokesperson said.

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