Two alleged robbers were killed in a “shootout” during a police raid in Comilla's Debidwar early Saturday.
The deceased were identified as Md Russell, 28, son of Rahman, and Md Omar Faruk, 22, son of Farid Mia of Kuroin Bepari Bari --- both from the upazila.
According to Comilla DB police, a "shootout" ensued when a police team led by Additional Police Super Abdullah Al Mamun arrived in Hatimara area of Debidwar upazila. They were acting on a tip-off that a team of 10-15 robbers was preparing for a robbery there.
The robbers opened fire after sensing the lawmen's presence triggering a response from the police.
Two robbers were killed on the spot and five policemen - Sub-Inspector Nazrul and four constables - were injured during the "gunfight", police said.
Police arrested five members of the gang and seized a firearm along with ammunition and lethal weapons from the spot.
Monjur Alam, officer in charge of Comilla Detective Branch of police, said at a press briefing later that the deceased men were members of an inter-district gang of robbers.