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African Nations set to go ahead after Togo attack

January 8, 2010

The competition is set to begin as planned with Angola v Mali on Sunday afternoon

The 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola is set to begin as scheduled on Sunday despite the terrorist attack on the Togo team bus earlier today.

The bus came under fire from gunmen as it crossed from the Republic of Congo into Cabinda, where the side’s first game in Group B is due to take place on Monday.

The driver of the bus was killed in the shooting; defender Serge Akakpo and goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale are thought to be wounded as well as other Togolese officials.
The Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC) claimed responsibility for the attack – the group have been seeking independence from Angola for decades.

The Confederation of African Football has confirmed the tournament will go ahead as planned, despite FLEC claiming that this was the first of a series of planned attacks in Cabinda.

Togo midfielder Alaixys Romao suggested the team were likely to pull out of the competition.

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