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Staff Correspondent
The foreign ministry has summoned Myanmar Ambassador Lwin Oo to protest “unprovoked” firing on the Bangladesh border on November 4.
Md Delwar Hossain, director general of the foreign ministry’s Southeast Asia wing, demanded an explanation of the Nov 4 firing by Myanmar border guards when the ambassador met him at around 3.30pm on Wednesday, a source in the ministry said.
One Rohingya boy was among those injured in the daytime gunfire. Myanmar forces fired ‘41 shots in three phases’, creating tensions on the border. It came at a time when the two countries are set to state the first phase of Rohingya repatriation on Nov 15. The firing is seen as a deliberate attempt to derail the process.
Myanmar, which is under intense pressure for the Rohingya issue, had violated Bangladesh airspace several times after the beginning of the crisis in August last year. Dhaka responded to the border fires by summoning the ambassador and issuing statements.