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Suspected Rohingya robber killed in Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfight’

  • Published at 12:44 pm November 14th, 2019
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Police recovered a pistol, several bullet rounds from the scene

A suspected robber has been killed in a reported gunfight with police at Hnila union under Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar district.

The incident occurred at the hilly area near Shalbagan Rohingya camp in Nayapara of the union around 4am on Thursday.

The deceased is Mahmudul Hasan, 35, son of Bakkar Ahmed, and a refugee at the same Rohingya camp.

Three members of the police force- Constables Mithun Joy, Shahin and Habib- were also injured during the gunfight. They received first aid at Teknaf Upazila Health Complex.

Police also recovered a pistol and several rounds of bullets from the scene.

Teknaf model police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Pradeep Kumar Das confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

He said: “Acting on a tip-off that a gang of robbers had gathered in the hilly area near Shalbagan Rohingya camp, a team of police led by Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Redwanconducted a drive."

“Sensing the presence of law enforcement, the miscreants opened fire at us, causing us to fire back in retaliation, triggering a gunfight.”

Mahmudul sustained bullet wounds during the gunfight, while his associates fled the scene.

Later, he was taken to the upazila health complex in critical condition, where the doctor on-duty pronounced him dead and sent his body to the hospital’s morgue for autopsy, said Dr Zakaria Mahmud, resident physician at the health complex.

A case has been filed in connection with the matter, the OC added.