Cameroon army vessel capsizes at sea, dozens missing

| Updated Jul 17, 2017 at 10:47am




A Cameroon army vessel transporting "dozens" of troops from the elite Rapid Intervention Brigade is reported to have capsized on Sunday off the country's southwestern coast. That's according to security sources.

The boat "capsized on Sunday between the city of Limbe and Bakassi.

Reports say, there were dozens of troops on board the vessel.

The Rapid Intervention Brigade is in the front line of Cameroon's fight against Boko Haram jihadists in the far north.

According to the report, the army has begun searches, at least one body had been recovered.

As well as the troops the boat is said to be transporting equipment for construction work at a military base on the Bakassi peninsula, where the Brigade has helped to bring security after a previous spate of hostage-takings.

Though Boko Haram originated in Nigeria, the Islamic State-affiliated group has carried out frequent attacks in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

Cameroon's Far North region, which borders Nigeria, has seen a resurgence in attacks blamed on Boko Haram after months of relative calm.

Last week two bombers blew themselves up in northeastern Cameroon killing 15 people in an attack blamed on Boko Haram.

At least 200 000 Cameroonians from the Far North region have fled their villages in fear of the violence.

SOURCE: News24