Three suspected Rohingya yaba traders have been killed in a reported gunfight with the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Cox's Bazar.
The incident occurred in Jaliler Goda border area in Ukhia Upazila of Cox's Bazar on early Thursday (July 9).
The deceased are Nur Alam, 45, Md Hamid, 25, and Nazir Hossain, 25.
Lt Colonel Ali Haidar Azad Ahmed, commanding officer of 34 BGB battalion, confirmed the matter to the press.
He said the gunfight occurred when a BGB team raided the spot after being tipped-off about a drug consignment. Sensing the presence of law enforcers, drug traders opened fire forcing the BGB men to fire back.
At one point during the shootout, drug smugglers fled the scene leaving three bullet-hit bodies behind. Two BGB members were injured during the gunfight, he said.
BGB men also recovered three lakh pieces of yaba tablets, two locally made guns, five rounds of cartridges from the spot, he added.