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Suspected yaba trader killed in Teknaf ‘gunfight’

  • Published at 05:05 pm March 14th, 2019
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The gunfight occurred with Border Guards Bangladesh

A suspected yaba trader has been killed in a "gunfight" with Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) in Khankardeil area of Teknaf.

The incident occurred around 4am on Thursday morning.

The deceased has been identified as Nurul Islam, 28, son of Abdul Gafur, a resident of Pallanpara village of Sadar union of Teknaf upazila.

Meanwhile, a BGB official was also injured in the incident; while 7,000 yaba pills, plus two locally-made weapons were recovered from the scene. 

Teknaf Battalion number 2 Officer-in-Charge (OC) Shariful Islam Jomaddar said: “Upon getting confidential news, a team of BGB got to know that a good amount of yaba was going to enter Bangladesh through the salt project located near the east side of Khankardeil village. So, the BGB team started the expedition. During this time, some drug traffickers suddenly started attacking the BGB patrol team with gunfire and sharp weapons, and a BGB official was injured.”

Confirming the matter, he told the Dhaka Tribune that they fired shots back in retaliation; for self-preservation. The shots continued for 10-12 minutes and at one point the yaba traffickers fled from the spot. 

The OC added that when the gunfire stopped, the BGB patrol team members found an unknown yaba trafficker, shot. 

When he was taken to the Teknaf upazila health complex, the duty doctor announced him dead. 

A case has been filed regarding the matter in Teknaf Thana and the body has been sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy.