5th suspected trafficker killed in crossfire

5th suspected trafficker killed in crossfire

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A suspected human trafficker has been killed in an reported encounter with police in Cox’s Bazar as the law-enforcers steped up their crackdown on people engaged in human trafficking.
Belal Hossain, 38, killed on Tuesday morning is the fifth suspected human trafficker to die in ‘cross-fire’ this week.
Cox’s Bazar Sadar Police Station OC Kazi Motiul Islam said two policemen had been injured in the shootout.He claimed Hossain was a listed trafficker named in at least six cases of human trafficking.
There has been a surge in people smuggling in recent months. UN refugee agency UNHCR estimates as many as 25,000 Bangladeshi and Rohingyas boarded rickety traffickers’ boats to escape religious persecution and poverty in the first three months of 2015.
Hundreds of them have died during their perilous journey while many were held hostage and killed.
More than 1,000 Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees were detained by Malaysian police on Monday, a day after authorities rescued hundreds stranded off Indonesia’s western tip.
About Tuesday’s encounter, OC Islam said they raided Bhomriyaghona area after having information that human traffickers had gathered there.
In the encounter, trafficker Islam died on the spot, he added.
Police on Monday arrested three human traffickers from Teknaf, a town near the border with Myanmar. – News Desk

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