Tue, 02 Apr 2013 13:00:00 GMT | By IANS

Bodies of 20 Bangladeshi fishermen found

Officials say this is the first time when such mass killings by pirates have occurred in Bangladesh sea territory, although kidnapping for ransom by pirates occur occasionally


Bodies of 20 Bangladeshi fishermen found (© Reuters)

Dhaka: Bangladesh Coast Guard Tuesday said they recovered the bodies of 20 fishermen who were killed by pirates about a week ago near Kutubdia, an island off the coastal town of Cox's Bazaar in southeastern Bangladesh. "Twenty fishermen's bodies have so far been retrieved from the bay of Bengal," Lieutenant Commander Abdullah Yusuf, Operation Officer of the Coastguard's Chittagong Zone, told Xinhua.

He said 17 bodies were recovered Tuesday, bringing the toll to 20 after three bodies were found Monday. Quoting a fisherman who narrowly escaped the attacks with three others, he said at least 33 fishermen sailed out in two boats on March 25 from Kutubdia island under Cox's Bazaar district, some 390 km southeast of capital Dhaka.

They were attacked by pirates March 26, he added. According to the fisherman, Yusuf said the pirates dumped the bodies in the Bay of Bengal most likely to steal the boats and their valuables.

He said there were no specific details so far regarding the deaths of the fishermen whose decomposed bodies were found floating with hands and feet tied in the deep sea.

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