COX’S BAZAR: At least three suspected Rohingya drug peddlers were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Ukhia upazila in the district on Thursday.
The deceased were identified as Nur Alam, 45, son of late Julur Mulluk, Md Hamid, 25, son of Gora Mia, and Nazir Hossain, 25, son of Md Syed Hossain of different Rohingya camps under the upazila.Cox's Bazar-34, BGB Commander Lt Col Ali Haider Azad Ahmed said on receiving information that a gang of drug peddlers was entering Bangladesh with Yaba tablets through Tulatali border under Rajapalong union, a team of the BGB raided the area at around 4:00am and challenged the drug peddlers.
Sensing presence of the BGB-men, the drug peddlers opened fire prompting them to retaliate with bullet that triggered a gunfight, he said.
Later, the trio was found lying on the spot in a bullet-hit condition, said the BGB officer.
They were sent to Ukhia Upazila Health Complex where on-duty doctors declared them dead, Azad said.
A total of 300,000 pieces of deadly Yaba tablets, two local pipe guns and five rounds of bullet were recovered from the spot after the gunfight, said the commander.
Two BGB members were also injured during the gunfight, he added.