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2 fishermen from Teknaf injured by gunfire from ‘Myanmar Navy’

Two fishermen from Shah Porir Dwip in Cox’s Bazar’s Teknaf have been injured by gunfire from what they claim to be a Myanmar Navy ship.

“They were injured by gunfire from a Myanmar ship while the fishing boat named FB Mayer Doa was returning to shore on Sunday morning (April 21),” said Muhammad Osman Gani, the commander of Teknaf police station.

The injured fishermen are Mohammad Ismail (20) and Mohammad Faruq (25).

Mohammad Ismail said nine crew members went fishing in the sea aboard the FB Mayer Doa trawler four days ago.

On Sunday, on their way back, a Myanmar navy ship stationed in Myanmar waters signaled them to approach.

Since it was in Myanmar’s territorial waters, they headed towards Shah Porir Dwip, Ismail said.

During this time they were continuously fired upon, with two people being shot. The others were unharmed.

Among the injured, Ismail is being treated at Teknaf Health Complex while Faruq is being sent to Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) as his condition is critical, said Dr Sumaiya Nasnin, a medical officer at the health complex.

She said Faruq has three gunshot wounds in his arms and legs and is seriously injured.

Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB) and the Coast Guard have not yet issued a statement in this regard.