There are reports that the goalkeeper of Togo’s national football team is among the dead after yesterday’s ambush in Angola.
If accurate, it will bring the number of victims killed in the strike to four after the squad’s vehicle came under fire while heading to take part in the African Nations Cup.
The team’s assistant manager, press officer and bus driver all died in the assault.
Earlier, Togo announced it would no longer take part in the tournament, although one Angolan official said they have agreed to stay. That looks increasingly unlikely after the Togolese government ordered the players to return home.
The team’s bus was crossing from the Republic of Congo into Angola’s oil-rich Cabinda region when it was machine gunned by rebels.
Angola’s information minister Manuel Rabelais said
‘‘According to our reports from the Angolan Army the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda carried out this terrorist act. They came from the Republic of Congo, where they have returned.’‘
Manchester City’s high profile striker Emmanuel Adebayor was unhurt in the incident.
However, along with the rest of his team he now look almost certain to return home, playing no further part in the competition.