Bangladesh crackdown in Rohingya camps after murders

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Elite Bangladeshi police have launched a crackdown against suspected criminals and insurgents after a rise in attacks on Rohingya community leaders in refugee camps.

The Armed Police Battalion, tasked with security in 34 refugees camps which are home to nearly one million Rohingya refugees, said they have arrested at least 56 Rohingyas since Friday night. Some 740,000 Rohingya fled a military offensive in Myanmar in 2017 and took refuge with more than 200,000 Rohingyas already in camps in Bangladesh’s southeastern Cox’s Bazar resort district.

Police said security in the camps had deteriorated sharply in recent months with at least 15 Rohingyas — more than half of them camp leaders — hacked to death or shot by rivals. “We have launched ‘Operation Root Out’ on Friday and already we have arrested 56 Rohingya including 24 people involved in the murder of seven majhis (Rohingya community leaders) this month,” APBN spokesman Farouk Ahmed told AFP.

“They are terrorists. We will continue the drive and eliminate the terrorists who are disrupting security and peace in the camps,” he said—.—Agencies

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