A suspected leader of a robber gang was killed in what police termed a gunfight between police and robbers at village Paboi under Kulaura upazila in Moulvibazar early Thursday.
The deceased, Islam Ali, 45, of village Kumrakapon under Kamalganj upazila in the district, was named in 14 cases lodged with different police stations in the district.
Kulaura police officer-in-charge Md Shamim Musa said that they, acting on information that a team of a robber gang was preparing to commit robbery at Paboi, raided the area about 4:00am.
Sensing the presence of the police, he said, the robber gang opened fire on the police team from behind a bamboo orchard and the police retaliated with firing that triggered a gunfight.
When the gunfight was over, he said, the police found the body of Islam, ringleader of Islam gang, from the spot.
The OC said that they also seized one pipe-gun, five bullets, two daggers and three machetes from the bamboo orchard.
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