Two men were killed in what police called a gunfight with them in Parjatan Bazar Uttar Mali hill area in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Saturday, reports news agency UNB.
The deceased identified as Ahmed Hossain, 45, of Ghona area in Hatiya and Abdur Rahman, 46, of Block-D in Noyapara Rohingya Camp area, were listed yaba traders, the law enforcement claimed.
When a team of police went to the area along with the two, who were arrested earlier, to recover yaba and arms their cohorts opened fire on the law enforcers around 1:30am, said Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station.
Police shot back in self-defence, triggering a gunfight that left Ahmed and Abdur injured, the OC added.
They were taken to Teknaf upazila health complex and later shifted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where physicians declared them dead, the OC said.
According to a human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfire or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in Bangladesh in 2018.
In the first eight months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 264, the rights body said on its website.