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We’ll open fire to stop arms, drug smuggling: FM

The Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said Bangladesh will begin firing at the Myanmar border to stop drugs and arms trafficking and human trafficking. "We had decided never to open fire at the border. But I had a discussion with the home minister today [Monday] about the current situation at the border and decided that we will open fire in future. Only then crimes like human trafficking or drugs and arms smuggling will stop," said the minister. Minister was speaking to reporters after attending a program at Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital this early in the morning. Momen claimed that 2 lakh Rohingyas travelled to Bangladesh in 1982. They were repatriated after talks. "In 1992, another 2.53 lakh Rohingyas arrived and 2.36 lakh of them returned while others were taken away by UNHCR [relocated from Bangladesh]. This time [the last influx since August 2017] the number is bigger -- 11 lakh." In reference to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's s