A suspected drug peddler was killed in a reported ‘gunfight’ with members of Border Guard Bangladesh at Jadimura of Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar early Monday.
The identity of the deceased could not be known until Monday evening.
BGB-2 battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Md Faisal Hasan Khan at Teknaf said they came to know about a group of drug smugglers entering the country from Myanmar with a consignment of Yaba by crossing the River Naff on a small wooden boat.
A BGB team went to Hinlha Jadimura border area on the bank of the River Naf on Monday at 1:00am to stop them.
Sensing the presence of the BGB team, the drug smugglers opened fire, forcing them to retaliate triggering a gunfight, he said.
Later, the BGB team searched the area and rescued a critically injured man with bullet wounds who was carrying 50 thousand Yaba tablets, a locally made gun and two bullets, he said.
He said that they took the bullet-hit man to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex where on-duty doctor declared him dead.
With the death of the man, the number of people killed in the on-going nationwide anti-drug drive since May 15, 2018, now stands at 397.
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