16 Aug 2019 17:52

Three Russians aboard ship seized on Cameroon's shore - Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. Aug 16 (Interfax) - The Russian Foreign Ministry says unknown individuals have seized a cargo vessel on the Cameroonian shore. Three Russians are part of the ship's crew.

"According to incoming information, unknown individuals attacked the Marmalaita cargo vessel, flying the Antigua and Barbuda flag and owned by Denmark's Ultrabulk, near Cameroon's Douala port, on August 15," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on its website.

According to the crew and ship management agency Marlow Navigation Russia, the attackers kidnapped seven crewmembers, including three Russians, the statement said.

"According to reports of the Russian Embassy in Yaounde, the Cameroonian authorities and the ship owner's company representatives are taking measures to determine the circumstances of the incident. Russian diplomats are actively interacting with the relevant Cameroonian bodies and the ship-owners in order to facilitate the release of the Russian citizens as soon as possible," the ministry said.