Six Rohingya Muslim refugees killed in Bangladesh crash

Six Rohingya Muslims were killed in a car crash while trying to flee their native Myanmar and settle in the local Rohingya Camp in Cox's Bazar.

Six Rohingya Muslim refugees killed in Bangladesh crash

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least six Rohingya Muslim refugees were killed on Thursday in a road accident in Cox's Bazar, about 400km from capital Dhaka.

"Six people were killed in the accident," Gias Uddin, commanding officer at the Ukhia Local Police station, told Anadolu Agency.

The accident took place at around 7am when two Chander Gari – jeeps usually used to transport passengers – collided head-on at an intersection.

Six of the passengers died instantly, while 22 others were injured and taken to the Cox's Bazar District Hospital and other hospitals in the area.

Those killed in the accident were all Rohingya Muslims who had fled their native Myanmar and settled in the local Rohingya Camp in Cox's Bazar, not far from the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

More than 200,000 Rohingya Muslims live in and outside different refugee camps in Cox's Bazar.

According to official estimates, however, only 25,000 legal Rohingya Muslim refugees live in two government-approved camps.

Rohingya Muslims complain of widespread religious discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

According to the UN, Rohingya Muslims represent one of the world's most persecuted minorities.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Kasım 2013, 13:53