Three die in ‘shootouts’ in Cox’s Bazar, Dhaka

Published: August 14, 2018 12:48:17 | Updated: August 15, 2018 15:43:29


Two suspected drug traffickers have been killed in a ‘shootout’ with RAB in Cox’s Bazar’s Ramu, while another unidentified young man died in a ‘shootout’ with police in Dhaka.

The drug traffickers were killed in the gunfight that took place around 9:30 am on Tuesday near a RAB checkpoint at Paner Chhara on the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf highway, said Major Md Mehedi Hassan, a senior RAB officer.

“A van carrying oil tried to flee when RAB signalled it to stop. A RAB team chased it down, prompting people in the van to open fire,” said Major Mehedi. “A gunfight then ensued.”

Two of the passengers were injured in the encounter while two others fled. The injured were declared dead when they were taken to Cox’s Bazar Central Hospital.

However, RAB could not provide details on the identities of the dead.

Four firearms and 450,000 yaba pills were recovered from the scene.

Another person died in a ‘shootout’ with police in the neighbourhood of Khilgaon in the capital.

The ‘shootout’ took place in the early hours of Tuesday near Khilgaon market, said Khandaker Nurunnabi, deputy commissioner of detective police.

DB police went near Khilgaon market after being informed about the ‘criminals’ gathering there, he told bdnews24.com.

“The criminals attacked the police and police retaliated. In the encounter, one person was injured and the rest of them fled.”

The injured man was declared dead when he was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, reports bdnews24.

A pistol and some bullets were recovered from the scene.

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