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2 Rohingya 'drug traders' killed in Bandarban 'gunfight'

  • Published at 01:53 pm November 17th, 2019
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Law enforcement agencies recovered 40,000 yaba pills and firearms from the spot

Two suspected Rohingya drug traders have been killed in a reported gunfight with Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) in Naikhongchhari upazila of Bandarban.

The incident occurred near the Ghumdhum border around 5am on Sunday.

The deceased are- Mohammad Yasin, 30, and Hosasin Ali, 20. Both are residents of Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya upazila of Cox's Bazar

Lt Colonel Ali Haidar Azad Ahmed, commanding officer of the BGB 34 Battalion in Cox's Bazar, told Dhaka Tribune that a BGB patrol team, led by Nayek Mizanur, were making rounds from Tumbru BOP (34 BGB) border towards Chairman Ghona area, when a gang of drug traders opened fire at them. The BGB officials fired back in self-defence, triggering a gunfight. The two men were caught in the line of fire and were severely injured.

Later, BGB members took them to Ukhiya Health Complex in Cox's Bazar, where the on-duty doctors declared the duo dead.

Naikhongchhari police station Officer-in-Charge (O) Anwar Hossain said: "Around 40,000 yaba pills, one shotgun, and two fresh bullets were recovered from the spot.”

The bodies will be taken to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy, he added.

A case has been filed in this regard under the applicable laws, the BGB commanding officer said . He added that the duo were recently accused on charges of attacking BGB members near Dochori border.