The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned Myanmar Ambassador to Dhaka Aung Kyaw Moe protesting against two mortar shells hurled from Myanmar which landed in Bangladesh territory on Sunday.
Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen said this while speaking to the journalists on Monday.
Sources concerned said the shells fell at Tumbru Bazar area in Naikhongchhari’s Ghumdhum border area at around 3:00pm on Sunday, but the shells didn’t detonate.
The BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) members later diffused the unexploded shells. However, the Myanmar manoeuvring prompted Bangladesh to instantly respond to the incident.
Earlier on Sunday, Bangladesh’s foreign secretary told newsmen that they would investigate whether the incident was accidental or intentional. The Bangladesh government will warn Myanmar if it was accidental, he noted.
On Monday, he said, “We summoned him today (Monday). We issued stern protest against the incident through a diplomatic letter. We also asked them to make sure that such an incident is not repeated.”
Recently, some occurrences, like a helicopter of Myanmar security force entering Bangladesh’s airspace and the hurled two mortar shells, have made Bangladesh anxious.
On 21 August, the Myanmar ambassador to Dhaka was also summoned in protest at the office of the Foreign Ministry’s Myanmar sub-division Director General Md Mainul Kabir.
Bangladesh gave the ambassador a stern reminder that these actions from Myanmar are not in line with a friendly neighbour.
Dhaka strongly condemned these actions that go against international law and expected better conduct from Naypyidaw as a good neighbour. After the summons, a protest letter was also handed over.