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Captain killed in Cameroon

Captain killed in Cameroon
Armed men attacked a Cameroon trawler at the weekend and killed the Greek captain.

Armed men attacked a Cameroon trawler at the weekend and killed the Greek captain.

Armed men attacked a Cameroon trawler at the weekend and killed the Greek captain, a diplomat at the Greek embassy in Yaounde said Monday. The diplomat said the unidentified men struck Friday night off Kribi, southern Cameroon. No further details of the incident or the identity of the captain were available from the embassy or the Cameroon Defense Ministry, which said it was still gathering information.

The independent daily Le Jour said two trawlers were intercepted by some 10 pirates aboard motorized canoes, who held the crews before making off with a total of 2.9 million CFA francs ($5,700) which they found on board.

The Cameroon navy, based at Kribi, pursued the pirates after the alarm was raised but failed to catch them, the report said.

Cases of piracy off Cameroon have increased in the past year, some with a political motive.

Seven French nationals, a Tunisian and two Cameroonians were seized by gunmen who stormed their ship off the coast of the disputed Bakassi Peninsula Oct. 31 and held for more than 10 days.

The kidnapping was carried out by a group calling itself the Bakassi Freedom Fighters, which claims to represent the people of Bakassi, a territory that was recently taken over by Cameroon after a legal battle with Nigeria.

The BFF also claimed responsibility for an attack on another trawler in the Bakassi area in mid-October, but the group's leader, "General" AG Basuo, denied having anything to do with the latest incident.

"People come and go in the area, it could be anyone," he told when contacted by telephone.

www.TurkishMaritime.com.tr

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