A suspected mugger was killed and another was injured in a 'gunfight' with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Dhakeshwari, near the capital's Lalbag on Thursday afternoon.
The deceased was identified as Alamgir Hossain, 35, while the injured is named Abdul Bari, 45.
Major AH Mohiuddin, Second in Command of Rab-10, said two members of a motorcycle patrol team of the elite force chased a private car after witnessing a snatching in front of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education around 4:30pm.
When they reached the Dhakeshwari Temple area, the muggers tried to flee the scene ditching their private car.
However, sure enough the criminals instead of running opened fire aimed at members of elite force, prompting or even obliging them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight.
At one stage, Alamgir and Bari were both struck by bullets and critically injured. It is unclear whose bullets they caught - RAB's or each other's.
The law enforcers recovered their bodies with bullet injuries and rushed to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), where Alamgir succumbed to his injuries around 8:30pm.
The Rab men also recovered a pistol, a revolver and 16 rounds of bullets from the spot, Mohiuddin added.
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