Pirates kill one, abduct 50 in the Bay

New Age Online

At least one person was killed and eight others sustained bullet wounds as pirates swooped on their trawlers and continued looting for over five hours in the Bay of Bengal Sunday.
The pirates also picked up at least 50 fishermen and drivers from different trawlers.
Ansar Uddin Mollah, president of Alipur trawler owners’ association and Nimai Chandra Das, secretary of Mohipur fish traders’ association in Patuakhali confirmed the matter.
The deceased Moyjol, 45, driver of a fishing trawler, FB Bashundhara-4, hailed from Lakshmipur district.
Ansar Uddin said an armed group of pirates attacked the fishing trawlers by turns which were fishing in the Bay about 5 kilometres in the south from Kuakata at around 11:00am.
The attack was continued till around 4:30pm leaving one dead and eight others bullet injured, he said.
They abducted 50 others including the drivers of trawlers for demanding ransom, Ansar added.
Of the injured, Gojnabi, 45, Masud, 35, Shah Alam, 40, Siraj, 36, and Jasim, 40, all of different areas in Bhola and Lakshmipur – were admitted to Mohipur health centre.
Jahangir Majhee, a fortunate driver of FB Bismillah, managed to escape narrowly the attack.
The pirates also looted fishes, cash and fuel from each trawler, he said.
Coast guard officials said they have received allegations of robbery and killing in the Bay and are taking actions accordingly.



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