20 dead in suspected pirate attack

2013-04-02 20:31
Bangladesh (Picture: AFP)

Bangladesh (Picture: AFP)

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Dhaka - The death toll rose to 20 in a Bay of Bengal attack blamed on pirates, as rescuers on Tuesday retrieved 17 more bodies near an island off the Bangladesh coast.

Navy and coast guard rescuers found the decomposed bodies with the hands and feet tied near Kutubdia channel, about 20km off the coast of Cox's Bazar, said Coast Guard commander Mohammad Kayser.

The search operation was launched after local fishing agents, who retrieved three bodies on Monday, said they saw more bodies floating off the coast.

The agents told police that 36 fishermen had gone missing a week ago.

Mohammad Azad, the police chief of Chittagong district, said he suspected the fishermen were killed by pirates after refusing to pay ransom.

He said they also stole cash, fish, nets and other valuables along with the boats, citing a police complaint filed by one fisherman.

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