Eight fishermen were injured by bullets as pirates attacked their trawlers in the Bay of Bengal at Sonarchar area, about 120km off the coast of Pathorghata Upazila in Barguna district on Monday.
The victims were identified as Kabir Haolader, 45, Nurul Islam, 30, Saidur Rahman, 26, Liton, 35, Khokon, 25, Masud, 25, Forkan, 40, and Liton, 32, hailing from different villages of Patharghata and Barguna Sadar Upazilas.
The victims said the pirates gave them a chase during a fish haul in the bay around 2:30am. As the fishermen moved their three fishing trawlers – ‘FB Mohsin Aulia 1’, ‘FB Mohsin Aulia 2’ and ‘FB Mohsin Aulia 3’ – towards the shore, the pirates opened fire at them, leaving 8 fishermen with bullet-hit.
However, the fishermen managed to reach the shore and the pirates gave in the chase at last. The injured fishermen were rushed to Pathargatha Health Complex. Later, they were shifted to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital, according to a news agency.