Seven suspected members of a Rohingya robber gang were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on a hill in Teknaf upazila here early Monday.
The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.
Tipped off that a gang of robbers of ‘Jokey Group’ was taking preparation to commit robbery in Jadimora-Mochni area of the hill behind Rohingya camp No 27, a team of Rab conducted a drive there around 4:30am, said Mirza Shahed Mahtab, company commander of Rab-15.
Sensing the presence of law enforcers, the robbers opened fire on them prompting them to fire back in self-defence that triggered the gunfight, Mahtab said.
After two and a half hours of the gunfight, the elite force members recovered seven bodies from the spot.
They also recovered two firearms from the spot.