Tension heightened further on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border at Painchhari of Naikhangchhari in Bandarban today as Myanmar Border Guard Police and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) exchanged fire for several hours.
BGB moved heavy weapons and additional troops to the border while Myanmar deployed army personnel along the border guards following the shooting on a BGB patrol team on Wednesday.
Following the unprovoked shooting, Myanmar border troops captured BGB Nayek Mizanur Rahman.
Sources in the BGB and locals residing in the bordering area said the firing started around 11:00am and continued till 4:00pm intermittently.
Witnesses also said Mizanur Rahman collapsed on the ground receiving bullets during the shooting on Wednesday and after sometime, the Myanmar Border Guard Police crossed over the no-man's land and took away Mizanur.
Asked about flag meeting to handover the missing BGB Nayek, the foreign ministry officials quoting a top ranking BGB official said now there is no such situation to hold flag meeting as an unprecedented tense situation is prevailing in the Myanmar border. Earlier on Thursday, the Ambassador of Myanmar in Dhaka was summoned to the Foreign Ministry and was handed over a similar note verbale.
BGB sources said on May 21, Myanmar troops opened fire on a BGB patrol team at Baishpari in Ghundhoom of Naikhangchhari without any provocation. The next day a flag meeting was held where the Myanmar side apologized.