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Rohingya among 2 killed in Teknaf ‘gunfight’

  • Published at 11:22 am June 23rd, 2019
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Three policemen were also injured in the incident

Two people, including a Rohingya, have been killed in a “gunfight” with police in Teknaf upazila Cox’s Bazar.

The incident occurred at Katabunia of Sabrang union around 4am on Sunday.

The deceased are Md Rubel Hossain, 28, son of Rashid Ahmed of Teknaf; and Omar Faruk, 33, son of Habibulla, a Rohingya refugee of staying at Kutupalong Camp. Both of them were accused in cases filed over human trafficking.

Pardip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge (OC) of Teknaf police station, said: “We conducted a drive to arrest members of a human trafficking group.

"The human traffickers opened fire as soon as our team reached the spot. Rubel and Faruk got shot during the gunfight and were sent to Teknaf Health Complex."

Later, they were shifted to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital, where duty doctor declared them dead.

The bodies will be handed over to their families after autopsy, the OC said.

Three policemen-- Sub Inspector Nurul Islam, Md Shamim Reza and Md Mohiuddin-- were also injured in the incident and received primary treatment at the hospital. 

The team also recovered two pistols and several bullets from the spot.