A raging gun
battle between an elite security force and communist extremists in northern Bangladesh left at least nine people dead and four other injured Thursday, officials said
All the victims were suspected extremists belonging to a faction of the banned Sarbahara Party, said a local police officer who cannot be named.
Witnesses said commandos of the Rapid Action Battalion exchanged fire with members of the Marxist-Leninist faction leading to at least nine deaths.
The trading of gunshots continued for an hour near the town of Natore, nearly 310 kilometres north of the capital Dhaka, reported dpa.