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Belgian ship attacked in Cameroon

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Two sailors have been taken hostage from a ship by an armed gang off the Cameroon coast, the boat's Belgian owners say.

A statement from the De Nul Group said the abducted men were from Croatia and the Philippines.

They were seized from a dredger near the port of Douala. It is not clear whether a ransom demand has been made.

Correspondents say there has been a recent increase in piracy off the coast of Cameroon and Nigeria.

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