Two more Rohingyas killed in ‘gunfight’ with BGB

Our Correspondent . Cox’s Bazar | Published: 12:14, Sep 27,2019 | Updated: 00:36, Sep 28,2019


Two suspected Rohingya people were killed in a reported gunfight with Border Guard Bangladesh at Hnila of Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar on early Friday.

Identities of the dead people were yet to be confirmed and the BGB said three of their personnel also sustained injuries in the gunfight.

With them, 44 Rohingyas including women were killed in reported ‘gunfights’ with law enforcement agencies since January 1, 2019.

Commanding officer of 2 BGB Battalion at Teknaf Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Faisal Hasan Khan said a BGB team was patrolling on the flood control embankment at Hnila at about 1:30am and saw a wooden boat carrying some people believed to be Rohingyas was approaching towards Bangladesh from Myanmar on river Naf.

At one stage, the boat encored on the river bank and the passengers of the boat tried to hide in the mangroves, said Faisal.

As BGB members challenged them, they opened fire on BGB personnel prompting them to retaliate with gunshots. Some of the attackers managed to flee the spot along with their boat into Myanmar territory, he added.

Later, BGB members found two bullet-hit persons in the mangrove and took them to Teknaf uazila health complex but physicians there referred them Cox’s Bazar General Hospital. Physicians at Cox’s Bazar General Hospital said the two died before reaching the hospital. The bodies were sent to morgue for autopsy.

BGB members also seized one country made long barrel gun, two cartridges, long sharp knife, and 70 thousand Yaba pills from the spot.

A case was filed with Teknaf police station in this connection, the BGB officials said.

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