Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Cameroon's Paul Biya wins 7th term in poll marred by low turnout

Read more

#THE 51%

The Gender Divide: Record number of women running in US midterms

Read more

THE DEBATE

The Nativist: Trump warns of migrant 'emergency' ahead of midterms

Read more

FOCUS

Prominent Iraqi women in danger

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: SLAP!, Boy George and Culture Club, plus Nao

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

'EU parliament vote will determine heart and soul of Europe for years to come'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Have your fish and eat it: Can British fishing fleets net a Brexit bonus?

Read more

IN THE PRESS

'Must never happen again': Australia apologises to victims of state sex abuse

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Italy determined to stick to budget plan despite EU warnings

Read more

Africa

Cameroon army vessel capsizes at sea, dozens missing

© AFP Photo/Communication cell of the Cameroonian Defence Ministry | Boats of Cameroon's Rapid Intervention Battalion in the peninsula of Bakassi, western Cameroon, to fight against kidnapping and attacks by pirates in Bakassi on May 5, 2009.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-07-17

Thirty-four Cameroonian soldiers from the elite Rapid Intervention Brigade were missing Monday, a day after an army vessel capsized off the country's southeastern coast.

The ship was carrying 37 people, including crew, and was on its way to the city of Bakassi for refuelling when it sank on Sunday morning, Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said in a statement.

"Thirty-four personnel are missing till now," he said. "Three soldiers were rescued but the boat seems to have sunk right down."

He said the circumstances of the accident were not yet clear but the waters were very choppy when it happened.

The Rapid Intervention Brigade is in the front line of Cameroon's fight against Boko Haram jihadists in the north.

Though Boko Haram originated in Nigeria, the Islamic State-affiliated group has carried out frequent attacks in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

Cameroon's Far North region, which borders Nigeria, has seen a resurgence in attacks blamed on Boko Haram after months of relative calm.

This month, two bombers blew themselves up in northeastern Cameroon killing 15 people in an attack blamed on Boko Haram.

Some 200,000 Cameroonians from the Far North region have fled their villages in fear of the violence.

(AFP)

Date created : 2017-07-17

  • NIGER

    Boko Haram kill nine, kidnap dozens in Niger village

    Read more

  • CAMEROON

    Three months after pulling the plug, Cameroon restores internet to anglophone region

    Read more

  • CAMEROON

    RFI journalist sentenced to 10 years in prison by Cameroon military court

    Read more

COMMENT(S)