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Two killed in Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfights’

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  • 13 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Two killed in Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfights’

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Two suspected Yaba drug dealers were killed in two separate incidents of ‘gunfights’ with members of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Teknaf and Ukhia upazilas of Cox's Bazar early on Sunday.

Teknaf-2 BGB commanding officer Lt Col Faisal Hasan Khan said a patrol team of the BGB spotted some people on a boat crossing the Naf River into Bangladesh.

As the BGB men challenged them, they opened fire on them, prompting the paramilitary force to retaliate.

During a short ‘shootout’, one received gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital where doctors declared him dead, Faisal said. The BGB team found around 3.40 lakh Yaba tablets on the boat, the official said, adding that the identity of the drug dealer could not be known.

Cox's Bazar-34 BGB commanding officer Lt Col Ali Haider Azad Ahmed said patrolling was stepped up in Rejuamtali border pillar-39 area in Ukhia on receiving information that a consignment of Yaba pills will enter Bangladesh.

A group of four to five people was ordered to stop when they were about to enter the country, but instead they began firing at BGB men, leading to a ‘gunfight’.  Later, a man was found dead and around 50,000 Yaba tablets and an LG were recovered from there, Lt Col Ali Haider said.

The deceased was identified as Mohammad Shahjahan, 27, a resident of Deilpara area under Ukhia upazila, he added.

There were at least 10 cases against the diseased, the BGB official added.