Bangladesh stops Rohingya trying to get to Malaysia

  • Asean+
  • Friday, 8 Feb 2019

TEKNAF (Bangladesh) (AFP): Bangladesh security forces stopped 30 Rohingya refugees from being smuggled to Malaysia by boat, officials said Friday (Feb 8), as fears rise that calmer seas may tempt those living in squalid camps to make the journey to South-East Asia.

Two suspected human traffickers were detained in the operation by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) forces in Cox’s Bazar district late Thursday (Feb 7), the officials said.

About 740,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar for Bangladesh following a military clampdown in August 2017.