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Rohingya killed in Cox's Bazar 'gunfight'

  • Published at 11:22 am January 19th, 2020
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BGB also recovered a locally made gun and 220,000 yaba pills from the scene

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

The incident occurred at Jadimura Point of Naf River in Shekolghera area of Hnila union early Sunday.

The deceased is Mohammad Ayas, 25, son of Mohammad Jamal Hossain from Kutupalang Rohingya camp 2 in Ukhia upazila.

BGB Teknaf 2 Commanding Officer Lt Col Mohammad Faisal Hasan Khan said: "We went to Jadimura Point after receiving  information that a drug trade that was about to take place, when several people arrived on a boat from Myanmar's Laldip area.

"When we tried to stop the boat, the people opened fired at us, triggering a gunfight."

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

He was taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex in critical condition, and later transferred to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, where the on-duty doctor declared him dead.

The body has been sent to the hospital's morgue for autopsy, the BGB official added.

Three BGB officials were also injured during the gunfight. They received first aid at Teknaf Upazila Health Complex.

BGB also recovered a locally made gun, a bullet, a bullet shell and 220,000 yaba pills from the scene.