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Suspected yaba smuggler killed in Bandarban gunfight

  • Published at 12:15 pm October 21st, 2020
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A locally-made single barrel rifle, two round bullets and 40,000 yaba pills worth Tk1.2 crore were recovered from the scene

A suspected yaba smuggler has been killed in a reported gunfight with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel in Bandarban.

The incident took place early Wednesday morning in Ghumdhum union under Naikhongchhari upazila.

The deceased identified as Md Adham, 30, was a Rohingya refugee and a resident of Tumbru camp.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Cox’s Bazar BGB 34 Captain Lt Col Ali Haider Azad said a locally-made single barrel rifle, two round bullets and 40,000 yaba pills worth Tk1.2 crore were recovered from the scene.

According to the BGB official, acting on a tip-off, a BGB team had taken position to bust a large consignment of contraband yaba coming in from Myanmar through the Tumbru Baishfari border of Ghumghum Union in Naikhongchhari.

After spotting a group of 10-12 people coming in through the border from Myanmar, when the BGB patrol team challenged them the suspected yaba smugglers started shooting at BGB personnel, triggering a gunfight.

At one point, the unidentified yaba smugglers retreated back into Myanmar. When the BGB patrol team was sweeping the area, they found a Rohingya man with gunshot wounds and rescued him to Ukhiya Health Complex where the doctors declared him dead.