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Alleged Rohingya traffickers shot by Bangladesh police

Alleged Rohingya traffickers shot by Bangladesh police

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Bangladeshi police shot dead two suspected Rohingya human traffickers, officials said Wednesday, after rescuing 103 refugees in two days about to make the perilous sea voyage to Malaysia.
The two Rohingya men were killed outside a refugee camp in the southeast on Tuesday evening, said Prodip Kumar Das, police chief of Teknaf which borders Myanmar. “They opened fire at the police. We fired back in retaliation,” he said. This is the first time in four years suspected human traffickers were killed in a gunfight in Bangladesh’s southeast.
It follows a rise in attempted human smuggling of Rohingya in the last few months.
People-smugglers have in recent years sent tens of thousands of Rohingya from the Bangladesh camps by boat to relatively prosperous Malaysia, usually between November and April when the seas are calmer.

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