As of July 5 this year, 50 people have been killed in gunfights with law enforcement this year, according to law enforcement sources. Among them were 26 active robbers. The rest were drug dealers
Two Rohingya refugees have been killed in a gunfight with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Cox’s Bazar.
The incident took place on the banks of the Naf River at Wabrangi in Hnila union of Teknaf upazila around 4am on Monday.
Fifty thousand pieces of yaba, a Chinese pistol and two rounds of ammunition were recovered from the spot.
The deceased are Mohammad Alam, 26, son of Mohammad Shafiq of Ukhia Kutupalong camp and Mohammad Yasin, 24, son of Mohammad Ershad Ali of Balukhali camp.
BGB Lance Naik Md Abdul Quddus and Naik Md Shaker Uddin were injured in the incident.
Confirming the incident, Lt Col Mohammad Faisal Hasan Khan, commanding officer of BGB Battalion 2 in Teknaf said that on Monday night, BGB received a tip-off that a consignment of drugs was coming through the Nanirbari border in Wabrangi adjacent to the border outpost (BOP).
Based on the information, a BGB team took position. When the BGB team spotted members of the drug trafficking ring swimming in the Naf River and demanded their surrender, they fired back in response, injuring two BGB members, he said.
He added that when the BGB fired back in self-defense, a member of the drug cartel, Keora, fled towards a nearby garden. The two sides exchanged fire for four to five minutes.
The injured members of the drug ring were rushed to Teknaf Upazila Sadar Hospital for treatment. The on-duty doctor decided to transfer them to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital. The two injured men died soon after being taken there.
Khan Alam, an emergency department doctor at the Teknaf Upazila Health Complex, said the BGB brought four injured persons including two Rohingyas to the hospital on Monday night. The Rohingyas had wounds from gunshots. The Rohingyas were referred to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital for advanced treatment and the injured BGB members were released with medical treatment.
The BGB official said the bodies of the two Rohingyas had been sent to the morgue for autopsy. The case is being prepared.
As of July 5 this year, 50 people have been killed in gunfights with law enforcement this year, according to law enforcement sources. Among them were 26 active robbers. The rest were drug dealers.