Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has detained three arms traders with a huge amount of arms and ammunition from Maheshkhali upazila in Cox’s Bazar.
The detainees are Md Habibur Rahman, 32, Md Nasir Uddin, 30 and Shohidul Islam, 24.
RAB 7 CPC 2 Company Commander Major Md Ruhul Amin said: “Acting on a tip-off, we conducted a drive in the area and detained them around 4am on Wednesday.”
He said: "A total of 408 firearms, including 13 shooter-guns, 12 shotgun shells and 22 pipe-guns were recovered from their possession.
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A total of 408 firearms were seized from the arms traders DHAKA Tribune
"These firearms were hidden in a cattle shed belonging to a local named Enamul Haque."
Meanwhile, the elite force also recovered Tk23,000 during the drive.
Major Ruhul Amin said the detainees were involved with arms trading for a long time and later they also got involved in other crimes like robbery and extortion.
The RAB official said: "The detainees have confessed that they were stocking weapons to terrorise the locals."