Noakhali: At least 10 fishermen were injured, including seven with bullets, in an attack by pirates in the Bay of Bengal under Hatiya upazila early Monday.
Ten other fishermen remained missing as the miscreants threw them into the bay during the attack.
The bullet-hit victims were identified as Afsar, 23, Moinuddin, 30, Nurul Islam, 35, Shamim 18, Mohammad Faruk, 30, Nur Alam, 25, and Mohammad Hannan, 24.
The victims said they were returning ashore after fishing in the deep sea on three trawlers -- ‘MV Mayer Doa-2’, ‘MV Jahid Hasan’ and ‘MV Runa’.
There were 36 fishermen on board the three trawlers that had earlier left Jahajmara ghat of Hatiya.
Around 5 am on Monday, a gang of bandits swooped on the three trawlers and opened fire on the fishermen, leaving seven of them injured.
Later, the bandits beat up other fishermen mercilessly and looted valuables, including nets, from the trawlers.
Besides, the hoodlums threw 10 other fishermen into the bay and left the place hurriedly by a seized trawler, ‘MV Mayer Doa-2’.
The bullet-hit were admitted to Hatiya Upazila Health Complex while others received first aid.
On information, a team of Jahajmara Matsyajibi Samabai Samity and Bangladesh Coast Guard members conducted a drive to rescue the missing fishermen.
Hatiya Police Station officer-in-charge Fazle Rabbi confirmed the incident.
10 fishermen missing, 10 hurt in pirate attack in bay