A suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight with police at village Chhotodholi of Companiganj in Noakhali early Monday.
The deceased was identified as Shahadat Hossain Swapan, 40, of Bamni Bazar area of Rampur union. Police said he was the leader of an inter-district robbery gang. He was accused in 23 cases.
Companyganj police officer-in-charge Arifur Rahman said a team of police led by inspector (investigation) Mostafizur Rahman arrested Shahadat from Chowmuhani in Begumganj on Sunday evening.
During interrogation, he revealed that his gang members would wait at the village to commit robbery at night.
When a police team reached the spot around 3:00am to arrest other members of the gang, the alleged robbers opened fire on police, triggering a gunfight.
Shahadat sustained gunshot wounds during the gunfight. Later, he was taken to Companiganj Health Complex where doctors pronounced him dead.
Six policemen were also injured, the police officer said.
Police seized pipe gun, nine cartridges and sharp weapons from the spot after the alleged gunfight.
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