Prominent Rohingya leader shot dead in Bangladesh refugee camp

Mohib Ullah was chairman of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARPSH). The UNHCR said it was ‘deeply saddened’ by his killing. Photograph: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images

A prominent Rohingya community leader in a refugee camp in Bangladesh has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen.

Mohib Ullah, chairman of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARPSH), was talking with other refugee leaders outside his office after attending evening prayers on Wednesday when at least four assailants shot him dead, said Rafiqul Islam, police spokesperson of Cox’s Bazar.

“Four to five unidentified assailants shot him from close range. He was declared dead at a MSF hospital in the camp,” he told AFP.

Islam said police and the Armed Police Battalion, which is tasked with ensuring security for the country’s 34 Rohingya camps, have stepped up security, deploying hundreds more armed officers.

Mohammad Nowkhim, an ARPSH spokesperson, said Ullah was talking to other Rohingya leaders outside the ARPSH office at Kutupalong, the world’s largest refugee settlement, when he was attacked.

“He was in a pool of blood. He was brought dead to the nearby MSF hospital,” Nowkhim said from an undisclosed location, as he – like many other Rohingya leaders – have gone into hiding after Ullah’s death.

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