Christian Rohingya refugees attacked, assailants yet to be captured

Published 30 January 2020  |  
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On Monday, twelve Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, who are undergoing treatment in southeastern Bangladesh, claimed that the Rohingya militants had attacked them because of their Christian faith.

The incident took place in Kutupalong refugee camp where the Christian families were living.

According to Radio Free Asia, the Bangladeshi police had confirmed the incident, however, they denied the involvement of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in the violence against Christians.

The police reported that one Muslim and four Christians were injured in an ordinary law-and-order incident.

Saiful, one of the Christians from the camp told BenarNews that "The ARSA early Monday attacked us, the Christians. They looted our houses, and beat up many Christian members. At least 12 Christians have been undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics."

The local police, however, denied Saiful's statement.

Rohingya Christian Assembly from India contacted BenarNews via email and said, "Last night... the ARSA attacked the whole Christian community in Kutupalong Camp [located at] 2E Block B1. Approximately 25 Christian families are displaced. It is winter and very cold, the victims have many minor children with them."

"Twelve of the Rohingya Christians were severely beaten by ARSA, they are injured and now they are admitted to hospital," the email said.

None of the assailants have been arrested so far. The Bangladesh Hindu, Buddhist Christian Unity Council, will investigate the incident further.

Rana Dasgupta, secretary general of the association said, "We have come to know that ARSA repeatedly intimidated the Hindu Rohingya refugees. So, it's logical to assume that ARSA can attack Christians."

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