Kidnapped Chinese fishermen released

Last Updated: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 16:24

Beijing: Seven Chinese fishermen kidnapped off Cameroon`s Bakassi peninsula few days ago have been released.

The hostages had left the peninsula and arrived in Cameroon`s port city, Limbe, on Wednesday after their release, official Xinhua newsagency reported on Thursday, quoting Chinese diplomats.

The Chinese nationals on board two fishing boats, owned by China`s Dalian Beihai Fishing Company, were abducted on Friday by gunmen off the peninsula.

`Africa Marine Commando`, an unknown group, had claimed responsibility for the abduction.

Chinese Ambassador to Cameroon Xue Jinwei told Xinhua that the Chinese and Cameroonian authorities had worked hard to save them.

He, however, did not disclose whether any compensation has been paid to the abductors.

The Bakassi peninsula, which has an area of 1,000 square km with a great potential of oil and gas, has been a hotbed for banditry in the Gulf of Guinea.

It was handed over to Cameroon from Nigeria in August 2008 under a ruling by the International Court of Justice.


First Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 16:24
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