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2 suspected drug peddlers killed in Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfight’

  • Published at 10:52 am September 30th, 2019
Photo shows members of BGB present 50,000 yaba pills, two locally-made firearms, three rounds of bullets and three sharp weapons recovered from the spot, occurred in Domdomia area of Cox's Bazar on Monday, September 30, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

They were trying to smuggle in yaba pills, police say

Two suspected drug peddlers have been killed in a reported gunfight with Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar district.

The incident occurred in Domdomia area of the upazila around 4:30am on Monday.

The deceased are Md Jamal, 27, and Md Yunus, 21. Details regarding their identities could not be ascertained yet.

Confirming the matter, BGB Teknaf 2 Commanding Officer Lt Col Mohammad Faisal Hasan Khan told Dhaka Tribune that three of their members had also been injured in the incident.

He said: "During a regular border patrol, BGB members signalled a group of drug peddlers to stop ,as they were attempting to smuggle yaba tablets through Domdomia checkpost.

“Seeing law enforcement, the miscreants opened fire on BGB, prompting them to fire back, triggering a gunfight.”

Jamal and Yunus were injured in the “gunfight”, while the others managed to flee the scene.

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

BGB also recovered 50,000 yaba pills, two locally-made firearms, three rounds of bullets, and three sharp weapons from the spot.

A case has been filed with Teknaf police station regarding the matter.