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5 killed in separate 'gunfights' in 3 districts

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Several members of the police have reportedly been injured

Five people—including alleged drug traders, human traffickers, and murderers—have been killed in separate "gunfights" in three districts. 

In Cox's Bazar town, Syedul Mostofa Bhulu, 42, died on Tuesday night. Bhulu was a top listed criminal and drug trader, said Cox's Bazar Sadar Model police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Farid Uddin Khandaker.

"On Tuesday night, a team of police went with Bhulu— who had previously been detained on Monday— to Katapahar, on a special drive," Farid said. "However, upon seeing the police, Bhulu's team fired at them, which triggered the gunfight."

Bhulu was injured in the gunfight, and later pronounced dead after he was taken to a hospital. His body has been sent to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy.

In Teknaf, two Rohingyas—Abdus Salam, 26, from Rohingya camp 15 in Jamtali, and Azam Ullah, 20, from camp 23—were killed in a gunfight on Tuesday night. They were suspected to be human traffickers.

Four police members were also injured. They are Sub-Inspector Zahirul and Constables Mobarak Hossain, Manik Mia, and Kairul.

According to Teknaf police station OC Pradip Kumar Das, Salam and Azam were injured in a gunfight with police on Marine Drive in Shamlapur of Teknaf. Later, they were declared dead after being admitted to Teknaf Health Complex.

Police recovered two locally-made pistols and five rounds of bullets from the spot. The bodies have been sent to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy. 

In Jessore, a man died in a gunfight between police and a gang of suspected robbers in the early hours of Tuesday.

The deceased Abul Kashem, had multiple cases filed against him.

Jessore Additional Superintendent of Police said: "Responding to a tip-off about an ongoing robbery on the Jessore-Magura Highway near Nangarpur, the police were met with gunfire by the gang of robbers. Police returned fire in self-defence and the gang retreated. Afterwards, police retrieved a bullet-injured body.

"He was taken to Jessore General Hospital where the on-call physician declared him dead." 

Police also recovered a one-gun shooter gun, three rounds of bullets, and three locally-made weapons from the spot.

Later, police conducted drives in the area and arrested 11 other suspects in this connection.  

In Pabna's Ishwardi, a suspected drug trader was killed in another gunfight with the police.

The deceased is Hafizur Rahman Titas, 33. The gunfight, which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, took place in Shara Jhaudia area under Ishwardi. 

Additional Superintendent of police (ASP) of Ishwardi circle, Md Zahurul Haque, confirmed the incident. He said: "A police team went to Shara Jhaudia area, after hearing of traders dealing drugs there. However, upon seeing them, the traders shot at the police, forcing them to fire back."

An injured Hafizur was taken to Ishwardi Upazila Health Complex, where the on-duty doctors pronounced him dead. 

Police also recovered one foreign revolver and two rounds of bullets from the spot, said the OC of Ishwardi police station, Bahauddin Faruqi, Hafizur. 

He also claimed five police members were injured in the gunfight; they are now undergoing treatment at the Upazila Health Complex.

According to the OC, Hafizur had 17 filed cases against him, including for explosives and murder.