The Cameroonian Navy has accused Nigerian pirates of kidnapping and holding hostage a few of its personnel.
The naval officers have been kidnapped on Thursday morning aboard a vessel within the Gulf of Guinea off the southern port of Douala, based on a report by PMNews
The Cameroonian Navy has begun a seek for the kidnapped officers.
“They have been kidnapped this morning. The abductors are most likely Nigerian pirates. Cameroonian forces have launched search operations,” a supply who pleaded to talk on anonymity stated.
An official at Douala port confirmed the kidnappings and stated the seamen had been taken after their ship got here below assault.
“We don’t know the variety of kidnapped seamen in the interim,” the official stated.
The Gulf of Guinea, whose shoreline stretches in an enormous arc from Liberia to Gabon, is infamous for piracy in addition to oil theft, unlawful fishing and human and medicines trafficking.
In line with the Worldwide Maritime Bureau (IMB), 62 seafarers have been taken hostage or kidnapped within the space within the first half of 2019.
The Gulf of Guinea accounted for 73 p.c of kidnappings and 92 p.c of hostage-takings at sea worldwide, it says.