Bangladesh cops stop Rohingya from boarding boat to Malaysia

A Rohingya child carrying umbrellas at the Balukhali food distribution centre near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, earlier this week. Since August, nearly 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled a military operation in Myanmar's westernmost Rakhine state. – EPA pic, December 15, 2017.

BANGLADESH police have arrested an alleged human trafficker and intercepted two Rohingya refugees preparing to board a boat heading for Malaysia, officials said today.

Police acting on a tip-off raided a home near the coastal town of Teknaf in southeastern Bangladesh, where five people had assembled ahead of a promised voyage across the Bay of Bengal.

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