Four killed in Cox's Bazar 'shootouts'

Cox's Bazar Correspondent
Published : 15:09, Mar 28, 2020 | Updated : 15:12, Mar 28, 2020

ShootoutThe incidents took place in Hnila Union's Leda Churikhal area and Howaikang Union's Tulatuli area early Saturday (Mar 28).
At least four yaba dealers have been killed in separate gunfights with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Police in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar district.
The incidents took place in Hnila Union's Leda Churikhal area and Howaikang Union's Tulatuli early Saturday.
In Hnila Union, three yaba dealers were killed in a reported gunfight with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Leda Churikhal area.
The identities of the deceased were not confirmed immediately, said Teknaf BGB 2 Captain Ltd Colonel Foisal Hasan.
Foisal said: "BGB challenged a gang of yaba dealers who were smuggling a large haul of yaba pills into Bangladesh from Myanmar on a boat near Leda Border Observation Post (BOP). Seeing BGB members, the yaba dealers opened fire on us, forcing BGB to fire back. Later, BGB recovered three people and took them to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex where on-duty doctors declared them dead."
BGB also recovered over 150,000 yaba pills, two locally made pistols, two cartridges, one empty shell, and a sharp weapon from the scene, he added. " A case will be filed at Teknaf police station."
In Howaikang Union, a yaba dealer was killed in a gunfight with a team of Teknaf police station at Tulatuli area.
The deceased identified as Musa Akbar, 36, was from the area, said Cox's Bazar Superintendent of Police (SP) ABM Masud Hossain.
Masud Hossain said that three police members sustained injuries and a case would be filed with Teknaf Police station.
Teknaf Upazila Health Complex doctor Zane Alom said: "BGB and police have brought four bullet-hit bodies here. The injured BGB and police members were released after administrating primary treatment."
In the last four months, at least 28 people were killed in separate gunfights in the Cox's Bazar district.
Among the deceased, 17 were robbers and the rest were drug dealers, claimed by law enforcement agencies.