Councillor among two killed by gunmen in Cumilla

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Cumilla, Nov 22: Masked gunmen have shot dead a councillor of Cumilla City Corporation and another man in his office in Pathriapara.

The victims are Syed Md Sohel, the councillor of ward-17 and president of the local unit of the Awami League, and Haripad Saha, president of Sramik League’s local committee, said Anwar Hossain, deputy inspector general of police in Chattogram Range.

The assailants carried out the attack at about 4 pm on Monday, according to Cumilla Superintendent of Police Faruk Ahmed. The victims succumbed to their wounds in Cumilla Medical College Hospital.

Arafanul Haque Rifat, general secretary of Cumilla Metropolitan Awami League, claimed Sohel died after being hit by at least 10 bullets. Two of the councillor’s aides were also injured, he said.

Sohel, 52, was a deputy mayor of the city corporation, having worked as a member of Cumilla Metropolitan Awami League and a joint convenor of Cumilla Metropolitan Jubo League, the ruling party’s youth unit.

Anwarul Azim, chief of Kotwali police in the city, said they believe the attack stemmed from a dispute over dominance in the area.

The attackers came to Sohel’s office on two motorcycles, said Abdullah Al Mahmud Shahid, convenor of Cumilla Metropolitan Jubo League. He claimed several other people were inside the office during the attack.

The authorities deployed additional policemen in Pathuriapara as tension mounted in the area. Shahid visited the area and called for calm among Sohel’s supporters.