By Dirk Steffen
“In the last five years, pirates have killed at least 411 fishermen and wounded at least 1,000 more, suggested Mujibur Rahman, Chairman of Cox’s Bazar District Fishing Trawler Owners Association (DFTOA). According to the DFTOA, pirates attacked more than 1,000 fishing boats, abducting more than 3,000 fishermen, killed over 45 and collected more than $1.28 million in ransoms from fishery owners of two coastal towns – Chakaria and Maheshkhali, alone from late 2011 to late 2012,” reported a Bangladeshi paper in April 2013.
If true then this staggering level of violence eclipses that of any other reports of actual or alleged pirate violence – be it in Africa or South East Asia.
To read the entire article, please click here.
Maritime Security News Note:
Interestingly, I wrote something similar to Dirk’s second paragraph on June 25th. Great minds thinking alike.