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Dozens missing as Cameroon army vessel capsizes at sea

A Cameroon army vessel transporting "dozens" of troops from the elite Rapid Intervention Batallion (BIR) capsized on Sunday ...


A Cameroon army vessel transporting "dozens" of troops from the elite Rapid Intervention Batallion (BIR) capsized on Sunday July 16 between the city of Limbe and Bakassi off the country's southwestern coast, a release from the Ministry of Defense has confirmed. 
Apart from troops, the boat was also transporting equipment for construction work at a military base on the Bakassi peninsula, where the BIR has helped to bring security after a previous spate of hostage-takings.
There were dozens of troops on board, and CNA reports that a source speaking on condition of anonymity claims newly appointed Colonel Moussa who was on his way to take service, was also on board the boat.

Rescue teams have been deployed off the coast and have begun the search for those missing.

According to CNA early Monday morning, 8 persons have so far been retrieved from the waters but only 3 were alive. 

The army continue their search.

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

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