3 killed in Khulna ‘gunfight’

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Three people were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion in different parts of Sundarbans.

They were killed during the drives conducted between June 25 night and early morning on June 28 in Mamdo River, Malancha River, Khoprakhali River and Firingi River under Satkhira range of Sundarbans.

Rapid Action Battalion director general Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun came up with the information at a press briefing at RAB-6 office on Sunday noon. Two of the deceased were identified as Shariful Islam, 24, and Habibur Rahman, 24, residents of Satkhira district while the identity of another one could not be known immediately.

RAB (operation) additional director general of Colonel Tofayel Mostafa Sarwar and RAB-6 commanding officer Rawshunul Firoz were also present at the briefing. During the drive, two robbers were been arrested while two fishermen were rescued, the DG said.

Five firearms, 33 bullets, locally made weapons and trawlers were also seized.

A taskforce was established in 2012 comprising RAB, police, Coast Guard, Border Guard Bangladesh and Forest Department. The RAB Director General was the chief coordinator of the taskforce.

Thirty-two former chiefs of criminal gangs and 328 members surrendered between May 31, 2016 and November 1, 2018. They have been reintegrated into the society.

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