Ward councilor, 6 others shot in Cumilla city

At least seven, including Cumilla City Corporation’s ward-17 councillor Syed Ahmed Sohel, sustained bullet wounds after unidentified men shot them in the city this afternoon.

The condition of Sohel, also panel mayor of the city corporation, is stated to be critical with bullets wounds in the head.

He is undergoing surgery at Cumilla Medical College Hospital, hospital sources said.

The other injured are Haripad Das (45), Awal Hossain Rizu (23), Rasel (29), Majedul Haque Badal (39), Jewel (40), and Sohel Chowdhury (43).

Faruk Ahmed, superintendent of police in Cumilla, said that so far they have come to know that the councillor was shot.

“We are looking into it,” he said.

Witnesses said four to five masked men entered the councillor’s office in the Pathuriapara area in Cumilla city around 4 pm and fired shots indiscriminately.