Three suspected Rohingya drug traders were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar district early Thursday.
The deceased were identified as Nur Alam, son of late Julur Malluk of Konarpara Rohingya camp along Tambru frontier in Naikkhonchhari of Banadarban; Mohammad Hamid, son of M Gora Miah of Balukhali camp in Ukhiya; and Nazir Hossain, son of M Syed Hossain of Kutupalong camp in Ukhiya.
Commanding officer of BGG battalion-34 Lt Col Abu Haider Azad Ahmed said the gun battle took place in hilly Jaliler Goda Bridge area along Tulatali border in the early hours.
On information that a group of drug traders is bringing a consignment of Yaba tablets from Myanmar, a BGB team took position near the bridge, he said, adding that at one stage, the paramilitary force challenged a gang of 10-12 people.
However, the gangsters opened fire on them, forcing BGB men to fire back that triggered a gunfight.
After the fun battle, three bullet-hit drug peddlers were found lying on the ground and they were taken to hospital where doctors declared them dead, Azad said.
The BGB team also recovered 3 lakh Yaba tablets, two pipe guns and five bullets from the spot, he added.