Bangladesh and Burma Patrols Exchange Fire Along River Border

By Reuters 18 June 2015

DHAKA — One Bangladesh border guard was wounded and another seized by his Burmese counterparts on Wednesday after the two sides exchanged gunfire while chasing drug smugglers on a river separating their countries.

The Bangladeshis were pursuing the smugglers by boat near Teknaf on the Naff River separating the neighboring countries near Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh. The border runs down the middle of the wide river that flows into the nearby Andaman Sea.

The smugglers got away, but a Burmese border patrol boat opened fire on their Bangladesh counterparts, said Col. M M Anisur Rahman, the local Bangladesh border guard commander in Cox’s Bazar. The Bangladesh patrol fired back.

A Bangladesh guard was seized by the Burmese patrol after falling in the river and taken away to Burma.

“We are trying to hold a flag meeting … to get back our border patrol member and establish peace on the border,” Anisur said, adding that additional border guards had been assigned to patrol the waters along the increasingly tense border.