Dhaka: Suspected ultra-left extremists
overnight shot dead three policemen at a remote area in
Bangladesh`s northwest Pabna district, officials said today.
"The extremists suddenly fired gunshots killing
instantly our camp in-charge and two other policemen at remote
Daspara area in Pabna district," Pabna`s Assistant Police
Superintendent Jamil Ahmed told over phone.
Ahmed said police sub-inspector Kafiluddin and the two
others came under the sudden attack of the suspected
operatives of a faction of the banned Maoist outfit Burba
Banglar Communist Party (Lal Pataka) as they went to a nearby
village bazaar last night to collect fuels for cooking.
"They all were unarmed as the extremists gunned them
down," Ahmed said, adding that an initial report said a police
informant too was killed but it later turned out to be false.
Police said the motive behind the killing was not
clear but the incident came as security experts in recent
months feared Maoist uprising in northwestern and western
regions as a massive campaign was underway to uproot extreme
rightwing Islamist militants.
Several ultra left groups operate in the region.