Dhaka, Bangladesh
Three killed in Natore, Magura, Teknaf shootouts

Three killed in Natore, Magura, Teknaf shootouts

News Desk: Three alleged criminals were killed in separate incidents of "gunfights" with law enforcers in Magura, Natore and Cox's Bazar districts early Friday. In Magura, a suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight with another gang of robbers in Boruinatoil village early Friday. The deceased was identified as Mintu Kazi, 42, son of Fayez Kazi of Lohagora upazila in Narail. Superintendent of Police (SP) Torikul Islam said Mintu died during the gunfight that occurred between two groups of robbers over sharing booty around 2:30 am. Police recovered the body in the morning and sent it to Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy, he said. Mintu was an accused in 12 cases filed with different Police Stations, he added. In Natore, a suspected criminal was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Parugurudaspur area in the early hour. The deceased was identified as Hanif Bepari, an accused in the murder case of Monowara Begum, wife of a Freedom Fighter. In a press release district police said when they conducted a drive at Pargurudaspur along with Hanif his accomplices fired gunshots on police, prompting them to fire back in self defence that triggered the gunfight. Hanif died on the spot while two cops were injured. They also seized five rounds of bullets, a pistol and a pipe gun from the spot. Police arrested Hanif from Merul Badda area of the capital on Wednesday night after Monowara Begum was hacked to death on January 16. In Cox's Bazar, a suspected drug smuggler was killed in a gunfight with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) officials in Hnila union of Teknaf upazila around 4:00am. The incident took place near Jadimura mosque in the union on the bank of Naf River when a BGB special patrol team went to the spot and noticed some people carrying sacks on their head, the official said. The BGB team challenged them, and in reply they opened fire at the law enforcers, triggering the gun battle, Lt Col Faisal said. At one stage, the suspected smugglers fled from the scene while they kept firing at the BGB men. Later, one of them, whose identity was yet to be known, was found bullet-hit on the spot. He was at first taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex and later shifted to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead, the BGB official also said, adding that the body of the deceased has been kept at the hospital morgue.

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