River piracy impacts coastal communities in Bangladesh
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In the latest of a series of abductions 20 fishermen are being held for ransom
Fishermen catch fish in a river near Sundarbans Mangrove Forest in southern Bangladesh. Thousands of fishermen and poor villagers have become victims of gangs of pirates in the area over the years. (Photo by Stephan Uttom)
ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
September 15, 2016
A church official has called on Bangladeshi authorities to rescue fishermen kidnapped by river pirates in the south of the country on Sept. 14.
A gang of 10-12 river pirates beat up 20 fishermen, stole their catch and held them for ransom on Dhanshiddhir Char, a small island in Bagerhat district in the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest.
The pirates have demanded a 100,000 taka (US$ 1,282) ransom for the release of each of the men, reports United News of Bangladesh.
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