Five Rohingya men arrested by Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion


Rohingya refugees sit near their makeshift tent without light at the top of the Balukhali camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, 15 September 2017. Photo: Abir Abdullah/EPA

Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) seized weapons from five Rohingya men and arrested them on suspicion of robbing and kidnapping fellow residents of refugee camps along the southeastern border with Myanmar, RFA reported on 6 November.

The arrests resulted from a weeklong operation in which RAB personnel scoured refugee camps in search of weapons, but there was no evidence that the five men in custody were connected to Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) terrorists, Maj. Ruhul Amin, a RAB commander based in Cox’s Bazar district was quoted as saying.

He said all five worked together and had arrived in the country as part of an ongoing wave of Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar.

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