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2 Rohingyas among 4 killed in ‘gunfights’

  • Published at 12:16 pm October 18th, 2019
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Law enforcement officers recovered weapons, bullets and drugs from the spots

Four suspected criminals, including two Rohingyas, have been killed in separate reported gunfights in Cox’s Bazar, Joypurhat, and Mymensingh districts.

The incidents happened early Friday.

In Cox’s Bazar, two suspected Rohingya drug traders were killed in a reported gunfight between members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Hoaikong area along the Naf River in Teknaf upazila.

The deceased were identified as Abul Hashem, 25, son of Sultan Ahmed, and Nur Kamal, 19, son of Abu Siddique of Kutupalong camp in Ukhia upazila.

Commanding officer of BGB-2 Lt Col Foysal Hasan Khan said, acting on intelligence that some drug traders gathered along the Naf river to smuggle yaba pills, a team of BGB conducted a drive in the area.

At one stage, when the BGB men noticed a few people crossing the river by a boat, they challenged them.

Sensing danger, the criminals fired gunshots targeting the BGB men forcing them to fire back in self-defense, which triggered the gunfight, said the official.

After the gunfight, BGB rescued two men with bullet wounds and took them to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, where doctors declared them dead.

The bodies have been sent to morgue for autopsy, and a case has been filed with Teknaf police station, the BGB official added.

BGB also recovered 50,000 yaba pills, one gun, three bullets and two sharp weapons from the spot.

In Joypurhat, a suspected criminal was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Bhutgari village in Panchbibi upazila in the district.

The deceased was identified as Aminul Islam, 45, from Piara village of the upazila. He was wanted in eight criminal cases including that of abduction, said police.

Tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area where a gang of kidnappers gathered early in the morning.

Realizing presence of the police personnel, the suspected criminals opened fire, forcing them to fire back that triggered the gunfight.

At one stage, Aminul was caught in the line of fire and sustained bullet injuries.

Later, he was taken to local hospital where doctors declared him dead.

Police recovered one pistol and seven bullets from the spot.

In Mymensingh, Abdul Motaleb, 42, member of an inter-district robber gang, was killed in a reported gunfight with Detective Branch (DB) police at Rasulpur in Gafargaon upazila.

Police said he was wanted in seven robbery cases, reports UNB.

Tipped off that a group of robbers were preparing to commit robbery, a team DB police conducted a drive in the area around 12:30 am, said Shah Kamal Akond, a DB police official.

As police confronted the criminals, they opened fire on police fearing danger which prompted police to take action that triggered the gunfight, leaving Motaleb injured.

Later, he was taken to local hospital where doctors declared him dead.

One pipegun, 15 cartridges, 20 shells of bullets were recovered from the spot.