The members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Sunday night claimed to have seized 140,000 pieces of yaba pills from Rajuamtoli in Naikhongchari upazila of Bandarban allegedly after a gunfight with yaba traders.

A team of BGB-34 battalion took position near Dakhshin Rajuamtoli Mosque in Ghumdhum union around 10:00pm after being tipped off about a smuggling bid, according to BGB.

As the BGB team approached a gang of yaba traders, who were coming to Bangladesh from Myanmar through the hilly area, the gang members opened fire, BGB officials said.

BGB members opened fire in self-defence, triggering a skirmish, the added saying that at one stage, the gang members fled the scene leaving a bag wrapped in a lungi.

Later, the BGB members recovered the Burmese yaba pills from the bag, they also said.