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Rohingyas among 3 killed in Cox's Bazar, Mymensingh 'gunfights'

  • Published at 10:44 am August 22nd, 2019
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The incidents occurred on early Thursday

Two suspected Rohingya drug traders and a murder accused have been killed in reported gunfights in Cox's Bazar and Mymensingh districts.

The incidents occurred on early Thursday.

In Cox's Bazar, two Rohingyas, suspected of being drug traders, were killed in a reported gunfight with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) near the Ulubonia point of the Naf river in Whykong union of Teknaf upazila.

The deceased are Md Saker, 22, from Ukhiya's Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp, and Nurul  Alam, 30, from Muchni camp in Teknaf, confirmed Teknaf BGB 2 Deputy Commander Major Shariful Islam Jomaddar to Dhaka Tribune.

He said acting on information that some drug trader would be smuggling a consignment of yaba inside Bangladesh using the Naf river, a BGB team conducted a drive in the area.

Realizing that police were present, the drug traders opened fire at the BGB force, which forced them to strike back in self-defence, triggering the gunfight. 

Later, BGB officials retrieved two bodies from the crime scene and sent them to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy.

They also recovered 50,000 yaba pills and some weapons from the spot.

In Mymensingh, a man accused of murder was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Chakua Daria intersection in Gafargaon upazila, reports UNB.

The deceased is Ekhlas Uddin, 32, son of Nurul Islam of Chakua village. He was wanted in two murder cases – the latest one was for killing an auto-rickshaw driver last month.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 1:30am, Shahinuzzaman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Pagla Police Station said.

As soon as police reached the area, Ekhlas and his associates hurled brickbats and fired gunshots, triggering a gunfight, the OC said.

Ekhlas was caught in the line of fire and sustained a gunshot wound. Later, he was taken to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.