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Rival groups snipe over deadly Togo team attack

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Rival groups snipe over deadly Togo team attack


A second group of rebels in south west Africa has said it carried out the deadly attack on the Togo football delegation in Angola for the African Nations Cup.

This time, it is a splinter group fighting for independence in the Cabinda region, Flec-FAC.

But Rodrigo Mingas the leader of rivals Flec-PM told euronews from exile in Europe: “What’s happening with Flec-PM has nothing to do with the Flec-FAC of Mr N’Zita. He’s president of the provisonal Cabinda government in exile, and I am the information minister. What we are doing at home has nothing to do with Mr N’Zita, who has issued a decree saying they carried out this unfortunate attack.”

The struggle for the oil-rich region is more than 30 years old. But the rebels say this time Angola was warned.

“Two months ago we wrote to the football federation and the Angolan president warning them Cabinda was a war-zone, and they went ahead and organised their football fete anyway even though Angola is a big country with plenty of sporting facilities. They ignored it. The football federation sent an envoy to Luanda who was corrupted by the Angolans, as usual,” Mingas said.

The Togo delegation flew home after their bus was sprayed with gunfire for 20 minutes when they entered Cabinda heading for the tournament.

Two officials died, and several others on board were wounded.

A spokesman for the latest splinter group to claim the attack said they were not targeting who they called their “brothers from Togo,” but rather the Angolans.

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