pirates on Wednesday 10 June are reported to have attacked the port of
Douala. The group of armed men onboard two flying boats are said to
have attacked four4 ships, one of which was carrying fuel.
attack took place a few kilometers away from the Douala port terminal.
Reports say the armed men, who were about 20 in number and spoke
English during the attack, targeted four boats; Sebastopol Bukhta,
Delmas Bonny, Kelly Danielle and Ukrainian petrol ship, Anuket Ivory
which came in from Cotonou in Benin.
The later is said to have been hired by a Cameroonian petrol company.
A source working with a shipping and transit company told Eden on
Saturday 13 June that no hostages were taken. Our source confirmed some
reports which said , the 11 Philipinos, a Russian and two other
expatriates who were onboard the petrol ship were robbed of their
The assailants are also reported to have taken time to
destroy all communication and alarm systems in the ship. They are said
to have made away with some of the equipment and as well as money,
before disappearing into the high seas.
Details of what was
stolen from the other three ships were not available by press time. Our
source said officials of petroleum companies were not comfortable with
increasing reports on pirate attacks which, he said, chases away
offshore workers. He said no group or individual has been accused. The
Golf of Guinea and especially Cameroonian territorial waters is
increasingly becoming insecure. A similar attack took place in October
last year during which some ten hostages were taken and later freed.
Cameroonian soldiers including the then Divisional Officer for Kumbo
Abedimo in the Bakassi peninsular have been victims of such attacks.