Man injured in 'mine blast' on Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Bandarban

A Bangladesh national suffered serious injuries in a mine blast on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border at Fultoli in Naikhongchhari upazila of Bandarban early yesterday.

The injured, Muhammad Belal, 30, of Kochhopia union in Ramu upazila, is currently undergoing treatment at Cox's Bazar Medical College and Hospital.

Locals said he was a drug peddler and suspected that Belal might have gone to the border to smuggle yaba.

He was earlier arrested by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members in a drug-related case.

Nurul Absar Emon, chairman of Naikhongchhari Sadar union, said the blast took place in the border area around 5:00am.

He said locals heard the loud noise of two mine explosions from the border area at Fultoli, and immediately informed him.

A local, wishing not to be named, said Belal was rescued from the spot and taken to Naikhongchhari Sadar Hospital for treatment, from where doctors referred him to Cox's Bazar Medical College and Hospital.

Naikhongchhari Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Tantu Saha could not be contacted on phone.

Earlier a Rohingya man-- Omor Faruk, 27 was killed as a "landmine exploded" in Myanmar territory close to Ghumdhum border in Bandarban when he went there to catch fish on October 2.

Meanwhile, Shona Ali (55),a Bangladeshi man was injured in a landmine explosion inside Myanmar at Jumchhari border area in Bandarban's Naikhongchhari upazila on November 7. 

Another Bangladeshi youth-- Aoung Gya Thowai Tanchangya (22) was severely wounded in a landmine explosion in the Myanmar side of the Bangladesh border along Naikhongchhari upazila of Bandarban on September 16.


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