Deadly shootout between soldiers, tribes shatters truce in Bangladesh

At least five suspected insurgents have been killed in a gunfight with security forces. Tribes in the Chittagong Hill Tracts had fought insurrection for decades before 1997 peace pact.

Acting on a tip-off, a pre-dawn raid on suspected militants’ jungle hideout was launched early Saturday leaving at least five fighters dead and one soldier hospitalized, authorities said.

“We also detained three other members of the group as they were fleeing and seized sophisticated arms and ammunition from their hideout,” army spokesman Maj. Absar Uddin told the AFP news agency.

The shootout in the Boradom region marked the first deadly violence between the ethnic rebels and the Bangladeshi military since 1997 when a peace deal was signed.

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Source News: DW