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2 killed in BGB, cop shootouts

An alleged drug trader was killed in a “gunfight” with Border Guard Bangladesh in Cox’s Bazar while another was killed in a similar incident involving police in Mymensingh yesterday, report agencies.

They dead are Hossen Ahmad, 32, and Rafiqul Islam Khokon, 40.

With the two, 33 people are known to have been killed in such incidents after the countrywide blockade began on January 6.

BGB claimed Hossen was a yaba smuggler in Teknaf area. However, Hossen’s mother Dhalu Bibi denied it. She alleged BGB cooked up the “shootout-story” after killing her son while he was returning home from his in-law’s house.

Lt Col Abu Jar Al Zahid, commanding officer of BGB-42 battalion, said a BGB team had taken position at the bank of Naf river near Alikhali village around 4:00am on information that a group of five to six yaba smugglers were passing through the area.

Sensing BGB presence, the group shot at the law enforcers, who then retaliated. Hossen was injured but his cohorts fled, said Zahid.

The BGB official claimed to have recovered 40 thousand pieces of yaba tablets and two machetes from the spot.

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