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If Myanmar forces shoot fire, Bangladesh to retaliate: Home Minister 

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Published: 20:38, 20 June 2024   Update: 21:03, 20 June 2024
If Myanmar forces shoot fire, Bangladesh to retaliate: Home Minister 

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said that both the Myanmar Army and the Arakan Army have been warned not to fire at Bangladesh. If they do, Bangladesh will retaliate. 

The home boss said this while talking to journalists at the home ministry office in the Secretariat on Thursday.

Kamal said Myanmar has some internal crises and the country has different ethnic groups. There are conflicts among them, he said, adding, "So far we heard that the Arakan army has grabbed many areas of the Arakan state. For this, many members of the Border Guard of Police (BGP) of Myanmar have fled and came to Bangladesh."
 
"Occasionally, by mistake, they (Myanmar military or Arakan army) have opened fire on our Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). We have conveyed our concern to them. They said if we clearly display the Bangladeshi flag on our vessels, no one will fire at them," he said.

The home minister said due to poor navigability at certain points of the Naf River, reaching Saint Martin's Island from Teknaf has become a challenge by boats.

It forces Bangladeshi boats to navigate those parts through Myanmar waters, leading to incidents where the Myanmar military or the Arakan army opens fire, he said.
 
Kamal said the situation has improved recently.
 
"We hope that there will be no further gunfire incidents. Nonetheless, those who cross the area are taking necessary precautions," the home minister added.

 

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