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2 more suspected Rohingya drug dealers killed in Bandarban 'gunfight'

  • Published at 05:20 am February 8th, 2021
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The incident took place near the border with Myanmar at the hill tract district 

Two suspected Rohingya drug dealers have been killed in a reported gunfight with the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Bandarban.

At least five Rohingyas, including the two drug peddler suspects, were killed in reported gunfights with Cox's Bazar BGB battalions since the killing of retired army major Sinha Md Rashed Khan in July last year, reports our Cox's Bazar correspondent.

The latest incident took place in the Gorjonbunia Chakmapara area at the district's Naikhongchhari upazila near the border with Myanmar late on Sunday.

As many as 100,000 yaba tablets, two firearms and four bullets were recovered from the spot, the BGB said in a statement sent to the media.

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) recovers 100,000 yaba tablets along with arms and ammunition (not in picture) after two suspected drug dealers were killed in a reported gunfight with them in Naikhongchhari upazila of Bandarban on Sunday, February 7, 2021 | Courtesy

The victims have been identified as Jobayer, 28, a resident of Block D/2 of Kutupalong No 1 Rohingya camp, and Dil Mohammad, 25, of Block B/3 of Lombashia No 2 camp under Ukhiya upazila in Cox's Bazar.

According to the Cox's Bazar-based BGB Battalion 34, two patrol teams raided the area on Sunday night on a tip-off that a yaba consignment will be smuggled through the border in the Gorjonbunia Chakmapara area.

Around 11:30pm, a group of five to six people opened fire when the BGB troops approached to them, says the statement by Assistant Director Md Yar Hossain of BGB Battalion 34.

A gunfight erupted when the border guards retaliated. At one point two men were found in the area with gunshot wounds. They were taken to the state-run hospital in Ukhiya upazila town, where the doctors declared them dead, according to the BGB statement. 

The bodies were sent to Cox's Bazar General Hospital for autopsy.

Two border guard troopers received treatment at the hospital for injuries sustained in the incident, says the BGB.

In 2020, at least 188 people were killed in "crossfire," "shootout," and "gunfight" with law enforcement agencies, according to a report of rights body Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK).

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