News / Africa

Kidnappers Make Ransom Demand for Chinese Fishermen

<iframe width="480" height="300" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=Cameroon&amp;sll=31.690782,55.986328&amp;sspn=18.867398,32.124023&amp;g=Iran&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Cameroon&amp;t=h&amp;ll=3.337954,7.03125&amp;spn=13.132484,21.049805&amp;z=5&amp;output=embed"></iframe>

Kidnappers in the Gulf of Guinea are demanding more than $15,000 for the release of seven Chinese fishermen abducted off the coast of Cameroon.  

The previously-unknown Africa Marine Commando group kidnapped the seven Chinese fishermen in international waters off the Bakassi Peninsula, which separates Nigeria from Cameroon.

Cameroonian security officials says the kidnappers are demanding between $15,000 and $20,000 ransom.  Those officials have been contacted by members of the Chinese Embassy in Yaounde, who they say are ready to pay, but Cameroon's government says it opposes the idea.

The official Chinese news agency quotes embassy officials as saying they believe the lives of the fishermen are not in danger, and kidnappers are giving them food and water.

Xinhua says two fishing vessels from China's Dalian Beihai Fishing Company were also attacked and robbed Friday, but the ships returned to the port of Limbe with two slightly injured sailors.

Piracy is on the rise in the Gulf of Guinea.  While still not as common or as lucrative as Somali piracy, maritime analysts say West Africa's weak surveillance and growing number of oil fields make it a prime target for lawlessness.

Pirates attacked an oil tanker off the coast of Benin in November, killing a Ukrainian sailor and stealing the contents of the ship's safe.  Ten oil sector workers, including seven French nationals, were kidnapped in 2008 by a group calling itself the Bakassi Freedom Fighters.

A rapid response unit of the Cameroonian army last October killed four pirates and wounded four others in the Bakassi peninsula.

You May Like

China Investigates Former Powerful Security Chief

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, under investigation for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid