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Suspected drug trader killed in Cox's Bazar 'gunfight'

  • Published at 12:26 pm December 10th, 2019
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BGB seized 120,000 yaba pills, and weapons from the spot

A suspected drug trader has been killed in a reported gunfight with Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar.

The incident occurred near the bank of Naf river in Jadimora village in Hnila union of the upazila around 4:30am on Tuesday.

The deceased is Imam Hossain, 25, who BGB believe was involved in drug trading.

Teknaf 2 BGB Battalion Commander Lt Colonel Md Faisal Hasan Khan: "Acting on a tip-off that a yaba consignment will be arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar by a boat through Naf river, a BGB team took position near the river waiting for them to appear.

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"As the boat drew near, the BGB member wanted to search it but the men on the boat opened fire at the law enforcement, forcing them to fire back in self-defence thus triggering a gunfight."

"At one point of the shooting, the drug traders ran away, leaving the injured Imam on the spot," the BGB official said.

BGB members sent Imam to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex and then to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital for advanced treatment, where the duty doctors declared him dead.

His body has been kept at the hospital for autopsy, the BGB commanding officer added.

He said they seized 120,000 yaba pills, whose market value is approximately Tk36,000,000, some sharp weapons, firearms and ammunition from the spot.

BGB has lodged a case with Teknaf police station in this regard, the BGB official said.