Nine Chinese and eight Ukrainian seamen have been abducted after two merchant vessels came under attack in Cameroonian waters, according to a report.
The attacks took place on Thursday off the port of Douala.
“Seventeen Chinese and Ukrainians were kidnapped … [of whom] nine [are] Chinese who were abducted on one of the ships,” an unidentified official in Douala port told the AFP news agency on Friday.
The nationalities were also confirmed by a Cameroonian security official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity.
A navy source said Cameroon’s security forces had launched a search for the kidnappers.
Russian news agency TASS on Friday quoted a statement by Russia’s foreign ministry as saying that three of the kidnapped sailors were Russian nationals. Many Ukrainians also hold Russian citizenship.
The ministry said Russian diplomats were actively cooperating with the Cameroonian government to ensure the release of the abductees.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA