A suspected robber was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with Rapid Action Battalion members at Sitakunda in Chittagong on early Friday.
RAB officers claimed that the victim is Mohammad Selim, a man in his thirties.
They, however, failed to give details about the man.
With the death of Selim, media reported deaths of at least 25 people in incidents of ‘gunfights’ with law enforcing agencies or extrajudicial killings until February 21 in the ongoing year.
There were 162 deaths in shootout or encounter or crossfire and physical torture by law enforcing agencies in 2017, according to rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra.
Mimtanur Rahman, senior assistant director of RAB-7, said a group of ‘robbers’ attacked a microbus that was carrying wedding guests at Sitakunda’s Kumira Bypass area at about 3:00am and looted valuables from the passengers.
Victims complained about the robbery to a RAB-7 patrol team following the incident.
RAB members mounted a search in nearby areas and found the robbers sharing out the looted valuables. Sensing the presence of RAB members, the robbers opened fire forcing them to retaliate with gun shots that triggered a gunfight between them, said Mimtanur.
After the gunfight the RAB members found Selim, who was shot and died by that time, Mimtanur said.
He also said that the team recovered a foreign pistol, two guns, one magazine, 11 bullet, three knives, four cleavers and two iron pipes from the scene.
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