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More than 30 missing after Cameroon military boat sinks


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DOUALA, July 17 (Reuters) - More than 30 people are missing
after a boat belonging to an elite Cameroonian military unit
sank off the coast on Sunday, the president's office said.
    The logistics boat belonging to the Rapid Intervention
Brigade, which has fought Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram in
recent years, was carrying 37 people when it capsized early
Sunday morning, the presidency said in a statement.
    Three soldiers were rescued but 34 passengers are still
unaccounted for, the statement said.
    The accident, at the northern end of the coast near the
village of Debunsha, is believed to have been caused by rough
waters but investigations are underway to learn more, it added.
    Cameroon has deployed thousands of soldiers to its Far North
region to beat back a Boko Haram insurgency that has killed more
than 20,000 people in the Lake Chad region and displaced more
than 2.7 million.
    The militant group has repeatedly attacked Cameroon. Last
month, two children carrying explosives killed at least nine
people when they blew themselves up near a camp for displaced
persons. [nL8N1IZ26C]

 (Reporting By Josiane Kouagheu; Writing by Aaron Ross)
 ((Aaron.Ross@thomsonreuters.com; +243 81 51 00 107;))

Keywords: CAMEROON MILITARY/



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