Four Rohingyas killed in ‘gunfights’

Our Correspondent . Cox’s Bazar | Published: 17:37, Jun 26,2020 | Updated: 00:51, Jun 27,2020


Four Rohingyas were killed in a reported gunfight with police at Hoyakong hilly area under Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar on Friday.

Police claimed that they belonged to a robber gang.

Three of the dead are Basir Ahmed, 35, Abdul Hamid, 30, Rafique Ahmed, 30, but the name of another victim, aged about 25, could not be known immediately.

Cox’s Bazar superintendent of police ABM Masud Hossain told New Age that all the dead were Rohingyas living in Teknaf for over 15 years and Basir and Hamid were brothers of the robber gang leader Abdul Hakim.

With the four, at least 91 Rohingyas, including women, were killed in gunfights with law enforcement agencies in Cox’s Bazar since January 2019.

SP Masud Hossain said that a joint team of the district and Teknaf police conducted a drive to catch the suspected robbers on information that members of Abdul Hakim robber’s gang had taken shelter near Chakma Para of Hoykong hilly area under Teknaf Police Station.

The SP said that as they reached the hilly area, the suspected robbers began to run away shooting at police.

Cops also retaliated by firing and chased the suspected robbers.

After the gunfight, police found four critically injured people and took them to a hospital, where on-duty doctors declared them dead, he said.

Teknaf police station officer-in-charge Prodip Kumar Das said that they seized four illegal firearms and 40,000 Yaba tablets from the spot.

He added that the robber leader Abdul Hakim and his gang members are wanted in dozens of cases filed with his police station and that the gang members had been abducting locals and collecting ransom for their release.

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