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Bangladesh condemns killings

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Indian border guards gunned down two members of Bangladesh Rifles on the Raghunathpur border in Chapainawabganj in the early hours of Friday, a BDR officer said.

Lieutenant colonel Golam Kibria Md Neyamat Ullah, commander of BDR 39 Battalion, told bdnews24.com that a group from the Indian Border Security Force entered about 1300 yards into Bangladesh territory in Durlavpur union, shortly after Thursday midnight.
 
Bangladesh condemns the killing of two BDR personnel by BSF on Friday, while the foreign adviser termed it a "serious incident".
 
"We consider this a serious incident. We condemn the killing of the two BDR personnel by the BSF," a foreign ministry press statement said Friday.
 
The foreign adviser had also earlier told this correspondent in an immediate reaction to the news that Bangladesh considers the killing of two BDR personnel by BSF a "serious incident", and will protest to Delhi after getting the full probe report on the facts,.
 
Indian border guards gunned down two Bangladesh Rifles men on the Raghunathpur border in Chapainawabganj in the early hours of Friday, BDR said.
 
The incident has coincided with foreign secretary-level talks between Bangladesh and India in New Delhi, which started Thursday.
 
The dead were identified as habildar Abdul Hannan Sarkar, 55, and lance naik Krishnapada Saha, 28.
 
Lieutenant colonel Golam Kibria Md Neyamat Ullah, commander of BDR 39 Battalion, told bdnews24.com that a group from the Indian Border Security Force entered about 1300 yards into Bangladesh territory in Durlavpur union, shortly after Thursday midnight.
On a tip, Abdul Hannan Sarkar along with a BDR team rushed to the area and challenged the BSF members. but the Indian border guards opened fire on them killing the two BDR men at the scene, said Golam Kibria.
 
"We are awaiting a full report and will react more appropriately when we are made aware of the facts," the foreign adviser told bdnews24.com.
 
"For now, we pray for the salvation of the souls of the two brave Bangladeshis who have been killed," said the adviser.
 
"Our condolences and sympathy are due to the families of the bereaved."
 
When asked how and when the probe report would reach him, Iftekhar said the home ministry would carry out the investigation and report to the foreign ministry, but he did not give any timeframe.
 
When asked whether the incident would affect the ongoing foreign secretary meeting in New Delhi, the foreign adviser said: "It would not be appropriate to comment at this time."
 
Bangladesh foreign secretary Md Touhid Hossain, before departing for Delhi to meet his Indian counterpart, said on Wednesday that the deaths of BDR personnel by BSF in 'border skirmishes' would be one of the issues at the talks.

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