Rohingya Leader Assassinated in Cox’s Bazaar

A well-known leader of the Rohingya refugees was shot dead in a refugee camp in southern Bangladesh on Wednesday night.

Naimul Haque, a commander of the Cox’s Bazar Armed Police Battalion, stated that the gun attack on Mohibullah in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya.

Meanwhile, a witness said that Mohibullah, 46, head of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, was shot outside his office.

“Seven or eight assailants shot at Mohibullah outside his office after the evening prayers at around 8:30 pm,” said Mohammad Ahsan, a Rohingya refugee witness.

“There were at least five gunshots. Mohibullah was hit three times on the chest. We rushed him to the MSF (Doctors Without Borders) hospital in the camp, but the doctor on duty said he was already dead,” the witness added.

However, Rafiqul Islam, police spokesman of Cox’s Bazar, said that only four to five assailants shot him.

“Four to five unidentified assailants shot him from close range. He was declared dead at an MSF hospital in the camp,” Islam said.

Mohibullah was a beloved figure among the 1.1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, most of whom fled a deadly military campaign in Rakhine state, Myanmar, in August 2017.


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