Eight fishermen were wounded by gunfire in a pirate attack in the Bay of Bengal at Sonarchar area, about 120km off the coast of Pathorghata upazila, early 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 upazilas, reports UNB.
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 eight fishermen with bullet injuries.
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 for better treatment.
Habibur Rahman, contingent commander of Coast Guard, confirmed the incident.