At least 34 missing after military ship sinks off Cameroon

At least 34 people were declared missing after a military vessel sank off Cameroon's Atlantic coast, the country's defense minister said on Monday.

Joseph Beti Assomo said Monday the military had been deployed to investigate. Helicopters had rescued three soldiers and were continuing the search.

Assomo said 37 people were on board the ship, which was on a routine mission to the Bakassi peninsula when it sank Sunday.

The oil-rich Bakassi peninsula was handed over to Cameroon by Nigeria following an International Court of Justice ruling. Nigerian forces had occupied the area in the 1980s, leading to violent confrontations with Cameroon's military.