Murders leave Rohingya camps gripped by fear

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COX S BAZAR A spate of bloody killings is fuelling unease in the Rohingya camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where overstretched police are struggling to protect nearly a million traumatised refugees from violent gangs. Just 1,000 police officers guard the labyrinthine shanties that make up the giant camps and authorities want to more than double the force in the wake of the murders. Three respected community leaders are among those slain in what police suspect is a power struggle between Rohingya gangs in the refugee slums in camps around Cox s Bazar. One, Arifullah, was stabbed 25 times on a busy road in June and left in a pool of blood. The other two were killed in their shacks just days apart by masked assailants. Police in the crime-ridden Cox s Bazar district are investigating 21 refugee murders, many in recent months, which they blame on score-settling and turf wars. Many in Kutupalong, the world s biggest refugee camp, and others nearby, say the unchecked violence leaves Rohingya families at the mercy of criminals.

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