Two suspected drug traders were killed in separate "gunfights" with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Cox's Bazar district early Sunday.
One of the deceased was identified as Mohammad Shahjahan (27) of Ukhiya upazila while identity of another, aged between 25 and 30 of Teknaf, could not be known yet.
According to BGB, both were drug peddlers.
In Ukhiya, based on information that a big consignment of yaba from Myanmar will enter into Bangladesh; the BGB men took position at Tulatui Jaliler Goda bridge area, Lt Col Ali Haider Azad Ahmed, commander of Cox's Bazar 34 Battalion of BGB said.
Sensing the presence of the border guards, a gang four to five person opened fire on BGB around 4:00am, prompting the personnel to retaliate.
At one stage, BGB arrested Shahjahan with bullet wounds and taken him to Ukhiya Health complex where duty doctor declared him dead.
Some 50,000 pieces of yaba and a firearm also recovered from the spot.
In Teknaf, the gunfight took place at Damdamia Natural Park area when three drug peddlers were swimming in the Naf river towards Bangladesh, said Lt Col Faisal Hasan Khan, commander of Cox's Bazar 2 Battalion of BGB.
One of them was declared dead after he was taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex with bullet wounds, he said.
He claimed that they recovered 3.40 lakh pieces of yaba and a firearm from the spot.
The bodies were sent to the district Sadar Hospital for autopsies, Faisal Hasan Khan added.
BDST: 1823 HRS, SEP 12, 2021