Cameroon sends top official to free 13 hostages
Yaounde - Cameroon's president has sent the minister of defence to the Bakassi peninsula to work toward the release of 13 government officials kidnapped last week by pirates.
Government spokesperson Issa Tchiroma Bakary said late on Wednesday that two more people were kidnapped than previously thought. Officials believe the hostages are being held in neighbouring Nigeria.
Pirates kidnapped the officials on Sunday, and killed two paramilitary policemen on Monday.
No one has claimed responsibility but officials believe it was the work of the Bakassi Freedom Fighters, a militant faction disputing Cameroon's ownership of the oil-rich tongue of land.
Bakassi was officially handed over to Cameroon in August 2008 following a verdict two years earlier by the International Court of Justice.