Mon, Jun 18, 2012 - Page 4 News List

Rohingyan man dies after being shot in Myanmar


Ethnic Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar display placards yesterday during a protest outside the national mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, against deadly religious riots in Myanmar’s Arakan State.

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A Rohingya Muslim died in a Bangladesh hospital yesterday, police said, the second refugee fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar to die after allegedly being shot by security forces.

Mohammad Tyeb, 20, died at a government clinic in Bangladesh’s port city of Chittagong more than a week after he was shot in the head, police officer Nasir Uddin said.

Uddin said the man told Bangladesh authorities that he was shot by security forces on June 8 in Maungdaw, a small city in Myanmar close to the border with Bangladesh.

“He later went into a coma and never regained consciousness,” the police officer said.

At least 50 people have died in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state in more than a week of sectarian violence and revenge attacks between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya.

Tyeb is the second Rohingya from Myanmar to die in Bangladesh after escaping the violence.

A 50-year-old named Kala Hossain died at the same hospital after being shot by Myanmar forces, Uddin said.

Senior doctor M. Kamaluddin said yesterday: “Tyeb died at 7:40am this morning as a bullet was stuck in his head. He suffered severe brain injury. We could not operate his head as it was risky.”

Uddin said two more Rohingya — both shot — were also being treated at the Chittagong hospital. All four slipped into Bangladesh territory by dodging tight border patrols.

Bangladesh is coming under increasing international pressure to open its border to Rohingya, but has so far refused to do so.

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