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British ship hijacked off Cameroon

Last Updated: Friday, February 8, 2013 - 22:05

Moscow: A British vessel with two Russians onboard has been seized by unidentified attackers off the West African nation of Cameroon, the Russian foreign ministry said Friday.
The Ester-C vessel went missing Feb 6 in Cameroonian waters between the port of Douala and Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, the ministry said.

The Russian embassy in Cameroon is trying to identify the abducted Russians.

Britain has joined the effort to release the hostages.

It was not clear how many people are on the ship.

Russian and British authorities are in talks with Cameroon`s law enforcement officials and port authorities, the ministry said.

This is not the first instance of Russians being abducted off Cameroon.

Two Russians onboard Greek-owned vessel North Spirit were captured by pirates in Cameroon`s largest port of Douala in May 2010, but released in July that year after the shipping company paid a ransom.

West Africa is one of the world`s most dangerous areas for piracy, according to the International Chamber of Commerce`s Maritime Bureau.


First Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 - 22:05
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