Burma Frees Bangladeshi Soldier After Ministry Protest

By Reuters 26 June 2015

DHAKA — Burma on Thursday freed a Bangladeshi paramilitary soldier whose capture this month had become a diplomatic sore point between the two countries, a Bangladesh border guard official said.

Bangladesh’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Burmese ambassador in Dhaka on June 18, the day after Abdur Razzak was seized, and lodged a strong protest asking for his immediate release.

Razzak, from the Border Guard Bangladesh, was returned back at Teknaf, in southern Bangladesh, on Thursday evening after a battalion commander level flag meeting between the two sides, the official said.

Razzak was seized and another Bangladeshi guard was wounded by Burmese forces on June 17 after the two sides exchanged gunfire while chasing drug smugglers on the Naff River separating the countries.

Bangladesh shares about 270 km (170 miles) of border with Burma.