Two drug traders killed in Cox’s Bazar shootouts, BGB says

Two drug dealers were shot dead in separate shootouts with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), in Cox's Bazar early today.

Mohammad Shahjahan (27), one of the victims of Ukhiya upazila's massacre, was identified. The identity of the other victim, who was between 25- and 30-years old and killed in Teknaf, could not immediately be determined.

Officials at the BGB said that both were drug peddlers.

The Ukhiya shootout took place at Tulatui Jaliler Goda Bridge area. BGB men took positions after receiving information that a large consignment from Myanmar of yaba would enter Bangladesh. Lt Col Ali Haider Azad Ahmed was commander of Cox's Bazar 34 Battalion, BGB told our Cox's Bazar correspondent.

The BGB men signaled to a gang of four to five people who were trying to enter Bangladesh at 4:00 AM. Shahjahan claimed that the intruders shot at him, prompting them to retaliate.

After Shahjahan was taken to Ukhiya Health Complex, doctors declared Shahjahan dead. According to the BGB official, he was charged in at least 10 cases.

BGB claimed that they had recovered 50,000 pieces from the spot and a firearm.

Lt Col Faisal Hasan Khan of BGB, commander of Cox's Bazar 2 Battalion, had almost the same version when describing the "shootout” at Teknaf's Damdamia Natural Park.

According to the official of BGB, three drug peddlers were seen swimming in the Naf River towards Bangladesh. After a shootout, one of the three drug peddlers was taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex with bullet wounds. Two others fled to Myanmar.

He claimed they had recovered 3.40 million pieces of yaba from the spot and a firearm.

Both bodies were taken to the Sadar Hospital in the district for autopsy.


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