Two suspected drug peddlers including a Rohingya man were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with the Border Guard Bangladesh at Kayukh Khali of Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar early Saturday.
The deceased were identified as Abdul Gafur, 40, of Nagakhora in Maungdaw of the Rakhaine state of Myanmar presently living in Jadimura Rohingya camp in Teknaf, and Mohammad Sadek, 23, of Keruntali in Teknaf.
Deaths of the two suspected peddlers in ‘gunfight’ took place just a day after a commercially important person Saiful Karim was killed in police custody in a reported gunfight at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar on Friday six days after his disappearance on May 25.
Lieutenant Colonel Md Faisal Hasan Khan, commanding officer of BGB battalion 2 in Teknaf, said acting on a tip off over smuggling of a large consignment of Yaba, a team of BGB conducted a drive at Kayuk Khali channel in Teknaf on Saturday around 2:30am.
He said that Border Guard personnel saw some people were crossing the channel with a small boat.
Sensing presence of BGB personnel, the suspected Yaba peddlers opened fire on them, prompting them to retaliate that triggered the gunfight, he added.
Later, the BGB men rescued two people with bullet injuries from the spot and sent them to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared them dead.
One lakh pieces of Yaba tablets were seized from the spot, the BGB official said.
With the two deaths, the death toll in the on-going nationwide anti-drug drive rose to 391 since May 15, 2018.
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