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Two Rohingas among four die in separate gunfights

Published: October 18, 2019 10:40:38 | Updated: October 18, 2019 15:12:52


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Four suspected criminals, including two Rohingyas, were killed in separate gunfights in Cox’s Bazar, Mymensingh and Joypurhat districts early Friday.

In Cox’s Bazar, two Rohingyas were killed in a reported gunfight between members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and suspected drug peddlers at Hoaikong along the Naf River in Teknaf upazila.

The deceased were identified as Abul Hashem, 25, son of Sultan Ahmed and Nur Kamal, 19, son of Abu Siddique of Kutupalong camp in Ukhyia upazila, reports UNB.

Commanding officer of BGB-2 Lieutenant Colonel Foysal  Hasan Khan  said acting on secret information that some drug peddlers gathered along the Naf river for smuggling Yaba, a team of BGB conducted a drive in the area.

At one stage, when the BGB men noticed that some 4-5 people were crossing the river by a boat, they challenged them.

Sensing danger, the criminals fired gunshots targeting the BGB men forcing them to fire back in self defence that triggered the gunfight.

After a brief gunfight, the BGB men arrested two people with bullet wounds and took them to a local hospital where doctors declared them dead.

Three BGB men were injured in the gunfight.

50,000 Yaba tablets, one gun, three bullets and two sharp weapons were recovered from the spot.

In Mymensingh, Abdul Motaleb, 42, member of an inter-district robber gang and son of Kotu Sheikh of the upazila, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with DB police at Rasulpur in Gafargaonupazila.

Police said he was wanted in seven robbery cases.

Tipped off that a group of robbers were preparing to commit robbery, a team DB police conducted a drive in the area around 12:30 am, said Shah Kamal Akond, officer-in-charge of DB police.

As police confronted the criminals, they opened fire on police fearing danger which prompted police to take action that triggered the ‘gunfight’, leaving Motaleb injured.

Later, he was taken to local hospital where doctors declared him dead.

One pipegun, 15 cartridges, 20 shells of bullets were recovered from the spot.

In Joypurhat, a suspected criminal was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Bhutgari village in Panchbibiupazila.

The deceased was identified as Aminul Islam alias Casset, 45, son of Shahabul Islam of Piara village in the upazila. He was wanted in eight criminal cases including that of abduction, said police.

Tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area where a gang of kidnappers gathered early in the morning.

Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the criminals opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back that triggered the gunfight.

At one stage, Aminul was caught in the line of fire and sustained bullet injuries.

Later, he was taken to local hospital where doctors declared him dead.

One pistol and seven bullets were recovered from the spot.

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