Cox’s Bazar: Two wild elephants strayed into a makeshift camp of newly-arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district and trampled one refugee to death.
After entering the refugee camp at Madurchara block BB Zone at around 1 am on January 19 the elephants also injured 4 other refugees and demolished at least ten makeshift shelters.
The deceased man has been identified as Yakub Ali, 45, police sources said. One of the elephants trampled Ali while he was sleeping at his shack. His wife Anu Begum was also seriously injured in the attack.
The injured were rushed to the camp hospital where they received medical treatment. Ali was buried in the camp cemetery at 11 am on Friday.
After Myanmar forces launched genocidal attack targeting the Rohingya Muslim minority people on October 9 last year, along with his wife and 17-year-old son Ayoub Khan, Ali fled Inn Din (Añdan) in Maungdaw and crossed over to Bangladesh. Ayoub escaped unhurt because he was away when the elephants attacked, Ali’s nephew Abdul Monaf confirmed the Stateless over phone.
Wild elephants from nearby forests strayed into the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar quite a few times in recent years. Six Rohingya refugees in Kutupalong refugee camp were killed by wild elephants last year.