Cameroon: 34 declared missing after military ship sinks off the country's coast

Cameroon 34 soldiers missing as military ship sinks

Cameroon: 34 declared missing after military ship sinks off the country's coast

Cameroon has intensified search and rescue mission for more than 34 soldiers in a military vessel which capsized off the country's southwestern coast on Sunday. "Thirty-four personnel have so far been reported missing", reported a ministry statement.

A press release issued by Joseph Beti Assomo, Minister delegate at the presidency in charge of defence, said the boat which overturned on July 16, had 37 people on board.

"Three soldiers were rescued but the vessel seems to have sunk to the bottom of the waters".

The ill-fated logistics vessel of the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR), an elite unit that fights terrorism and high banditry, was on a supply mission to the previously disputed oil-rich Bakassi peninsula.

The incident comes after the Nigerian government accused Cameroonian security forces of killing 97 Nigerian fishermen in the Bakassi Peninsular which had been a bone of disagreement between the two countries for decades. Helicopters are believed to have been able to spot traces of fuel, after which patrols were sent to the likely location of the wreckage.

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