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5 ‘robbers’ killed in Chittagong, Kushtia ‘gunfights’

WT24 Desk

Five suspected robbers were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in Chittagong and Kushtia districts early Saturday,UNB reports. Identities of the deceased were not confirmed yet.

In Chittagong, three suspected robbers were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of Rab at Nijampur on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Mirersorai upazila early in the morning.

Assistant superintendent of police Chandan Debnath, who is also the assistant director of Rab-7, said on a tip-off that a gang of robbers was taking preparation to commit robbery in the area by placing logs on the highway, a team of the elite force launched a drive there at about 3.00am.

Sensing the presence of the Rab members, the robbers opened fire at them, prompting the elite force to retaliate that triggered a gunfight. Three members of the robber gang were caught in the line of fire and injured while other members of the gang managed to flee from the scene.

The injured were taken to the upazila health complex where doctors declared them dead. Two Rab members were also injured during the gunfight. The Rab members also recovered two shooter guns and three foreign pistols from the scene.

In Kushtia, two suspected robbers were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Gobindagunia in Mirpur upazila early in the morning. Officer-in-charge of Mirpur Police Station Kazi Jalal Uddin said on a tip-off that a gang of robbers was taking preparation to commit robbery on Mirpur-Bheramara road in the area by placing logs, a team of police launched a drive there at about 12:30 am.

Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the gang members opened fire at them, prompting the police personnel to retaliate that triggered a gunfight. Two members of the robber gang were caught in the line of fire and died on the spot while other members of the gang managed to flee from the scene.

Three policemen were also injured during the gunfight. Police also recovered one pistol, one crude bomb and several sharp weapons from the scene.

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