Two BNP men killed in Lakshmipur gunfight

Members of RAB stand guard during a rally by the BNP and its alliance in front of their party office in Dhaka.

Two BNP men were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of Rapid Action Battalion at Ratonerkhil village in Sadar upazila of Lakshmipur district early Monday, UNB reported.
The deceased were identified as Asaduzzaman Babul, joint general secretary of Dighali union unit of BNP and party functionary Khorshed Alam Sumon.
Police and locals said a RAB team conducted a drive in the area at around 12:30am to arrest Babul.
Sensing the presence of the elite force, Babul and his cohorts opened fire on the crime busters, forcing them to retaliate that triggered a gun battle, said police.
Babul and Sumon were caught in the line of fire and died on the spot, said a spot account of the nighttime incident.
After the gunfight that continued for one hour, other terrorists fled the scene, police claimed. They also took away the body of Sumon.
Officer-in-charge of Lakshmipur Sadar Police Station Iqbal Mahmud confirmed the incident and said they recovered the body of Babul, who was a listed terrorist, and sent it to sadar hospital morgue for autopsy.
The OC also said he heard that Sumon was also killed in the gunfight. But he could not confirm the whereabouts of the body.


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