Rohingya man shot dead by 'rival gang'
12:00 AM, February 24, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:26 AM, February 24, 2019

Rohingya man shot dead by 'rival gang'

A Rohingya man was shot dead and another suffered bullet injuries when a gang of criminals opened fire in two separate incidents at Teknaf's Nayapara Shalban and Mochoni Nayapara Rohingya camps on Friday night.

The dead was Mohammad Hamid, 45, of Shalban camp. The injured is Hasan Ali, 32, of Mochoni Nayapara camp.

Abdus Salam, inspector of Nayapara Refugee Camp Police, confirmed the incidents and said that additional law enforcers were deployed to avoid further violence in the areas.

Hamid worked as a local health aide at his camp, while Hasan runs a grocery shop in his.

Other refugees in the camps suspect the incidents may have occurred following factional feuds between the Rohingyas.

Witnesses said a gang of 15-20 armed goons abducted Hamid from Shalban camp around 9:00pm on Friday and took him to a nearby hill. A few moments later, around six to seven gunshots were heard.

The bullet-hit body of Hamid was later recovered from near Block-A area of the camp.

Around an hour later, a gang of armed cadres came to the grocery shop of Hasan Ali at Block-C Mochoni Nayapara camp and shot him. He suffered two bullet injuries and was taken to Cox's Bazar District Sadar Hospital where he is now undergoing treatment.

Speaking to The Daily Star, several refugees of the camp said the attackers might be “followers of Rohingya robber Nurul Alam”, who was killed in “gunfight” with Rab in the early hours of Friday  at Damdamia area of the district.

Nurul's followers may have launched the attack to take revenge on their opponents, they said, adding that tension prevailed in the camps since the incident.

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